2011 Awardee: Stephanie Ward

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for such an honourable award. I am sure this award will help me develop myself as an animator and will allow me to pursue the career I desire.

Biography

Born and brought up in Greenock, Stephanie exhibited a self-portrait in the McLean Museum, Greenock while still at high school. She went on to study digital art at the University of West of Scotland. Her degree show was exhibited in Glasgow’s Centre for Contemporary Arts.
Stephanie is aiming for a career as an animator. She had an internship as a comic book inker in Glasgow and, unpaid, for Picasso Pictures in London, both of which inspired her to develop her skills in dynamic figure drawing and character development.

More unpaid work followed as she designed a comic for an independent writer in the USA and then carried out a concept design for a small games company also in the USA.

The hard work paid off and she won a place on the MA in Character Animation course at Central St Martins, London, one of the leading art schools in Europe. She was the only Scot to have gained a place on the course this year.

https://stephsanimationblog.myblog.arts.ac.uk/

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help support Stephanie through the first year of her postgraduate studies.

Ariel and Caliban.mov from Stephanie Ward on Vimeo.

Final animation from Stephanie’s studies at Central Saint Martins

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for such an honourable award. I am sure this award will help me develop myself as an animator and will allow me to pursue the career I desire.

2010 Awardee: Alex Boyd

I appreciate the opportunity that I have been given to complete my project ‘Sonnets from Scotland’, and I look forward to sharing my progress with…the trustees in the coming months.

Biography

Born in Germany and now resident in Ayrshire, Alex began his ‘Sonnets of Scotland’ project in 2007. A History of Art graduate from the University of Glasgow, Alex describes his project as a “photographic journey around the coasts and countryside of Scotland” to document the historically significant open spaces and question traditional assumptions and romantic depictions of the landscape. A lone figure appears in each photograph, referencing romantic artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, John Knox and the early work of Hamish Macmillan.

Alex has already exhibited his work in the US, across Scotland, in London and on mainland Europe in over 20 solo and group shows. He was short-listed for a BBC photography award in 2005 and was a finalist in the EU ‘Imagine’ Photographer of the Year Award in 2009.

He took part in Anthony Gormley’s Fourth Plinth project, collaborating with Scottish poet, Edwin Morgan. They presented a unique combination of photography by Boyd and poetry reading by Morgan.

In 2008, Alex exhibited images from the ‘Sonnets from Scotland’ series projected onto Europe’s largest building, the Palace of the Parliament in Romania. He is currently creating new work to be exhibited as large projections in Battersea Power Station in the summer of 2010. For more information about Alex’s work, see www.alexboyd.co.uk

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will enable Alex to finish his ‘Sonnets of Scotland’ project.

Since the Award

Alex has shown some of his ‘Sonnets’ at arts festivals across Europe and was also  finalist in the prestigious Photographic Award Genius Loci, Spirit of Place and Cultural Diversity. He has been offered residencies in Tuscany and Ireland, a PhD place at a top Scottish University and has been teaching at GSA. Alex writes, “my journey in photography has been greatly enhanced through the help of the Dewar Award and [I have been given] opportunities that would not have been possible without [this] help and kind support….for that I am very grateful indeed.”

The Sonnets from Scotland – a short film shot on location in Skye, Glencoe and the Scottish Highlands.

I appreciate the opportunity that I have been given to complete my project ‘Sonnets from Scotland’, and I look forward to sharing my progress with…the trustees in the coming months.

2010 Awardee: Chloe Gough

The impact this award will have on my ability to study in Boston is phenomenal, thank you so much.

Biography

Originally from Duncanstone, a small village outside Insch in Aberdeenshire, Chloe graduated from the University of Dundee with a degree in fine art and philosophy.

Chloe’s work has been described as delicate, poetic and quietly engaging. One of the top students in her year, Chloe was selected to exhibit in the competitive and prestigious RSA New Contemporary exhibition in 2010. Following the exhibition, she was awarded the David and June Gordon Memorial Trust prize and the Royal Infirmary Edinburgh Purchase prize. Considered to be a hugely talented and original painter, she has exhibited in a number of high-profile galleries.

Chloe moves to Boston for a year to participate in an intensive year of studio art study and practice.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award has enabled Chloe to pursue postgraduate studies in visual art at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Since the Award

A day that Chloe will remember for the rest of her life is being invited, as part of the community of artists at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, to spend a day life drawing from the Boston Ballet Company during rehearsal. Moreover, she enjoyed access to the archives of the Boston Museum of Fine Art and through that link was invited to be a guest lecturer at a first-year undergraduate class at the Boston College of Art and Design. Chloe writes that she returned to Scotland ‘with a wonderful and newly invigorated work ethic and absolute dedication to my practice.’

The impact this award will have on my ability to study in Boston is phenomenal, thank you so much.

2010 Awardee: Kathryn Elkin

I am absolutely delighted that you have considered my application to be worthy of support.

Biography

From Belfast, Kathryn has spent nine years in Scotland, first as a visual art student at the Glasgow School of Art and later working and taking an active part in Glasgow’s vibrant cultural scene in both visual arts and music.

In 2008 she curated the successful exhibition ‘Moot Points’ in the Transmission Gallery which is described as a “watershed moment in re-evaluating the activities of the organisation after its twenty-year history”. Kathryn went on to curate an exciting series of talks and presentations by artists at the Centre for Contemporary Arts, Glasgow. She has shown her own work in Transmission, performed readings at Cove Park and CCA Glasgow and been published in the journal 2HB, Gnomerro (ed. Sarah Tripp) and, most recently, Options With Nostrils.

At the Glasgow International 2010, Kathryn was one of four artists who exhibited at ‘Sym-po-zeum’ in the Mitchell Library as part of “Open Glasgow”. She has been accepted onto the Goldsmith’s College MFA course in Art Writing, which ideally suits the development of her own work as a text-based visual artist.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will enable Kathryn to pursue an MFA on a part-time basis at Goldsmiths.

After a successful first year at Goldsmiths, Kathryn’s award was extended for a second year to enable her to complete an MFA part-time.

I am absolutely delighted that you have considered my application to be worthy of support.

2009 Awardee: Ania Winiarska

It is a wonderful opportunity for me to study at the NFTS where I can improve my skills and develop [a] personal voice and style in film-making.

Biography

Polish-born Ania became passionate about film through her initial studies in journalism. Her early fascination with ordinary people’s lives grew into a desire to tell more in-depth human interest stories through the medium of film documentary.

Ania’s first contact with the film-set was behind the scenes as an independent photographer working on, amongst others, the set of ‘Rebus’. She moved into theatre and got involved with the Citizens Community Theatre in Glasgow.

Whilst in Glasgow, Ania made the well-received documentary ‘Shooting Horses’ chronicling the story of a community performance project based on the film “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”. This was selected for submission to the Golden Gate Film Festival in San Francisco. She later made ‘Blackout’, a documentary about Glasgow teenagers who performed at the National Theatre in London.

Ania worked as a film-maker for a number of Scottish charities, often for no fee, to help them raise their profile and funds. ‘Passionate’ is a word often used in connection with Ania, and in her work she manages to find engaging and honest stories that touch the hearts of her audience.

Ania won a place at the highly-competitive NFTS, Beaconsfield to study for a Master in Documentary Directing.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help towards the substantial costs for Ania to take up a place.

Since the Award

Ania has continued to build on her success and skills as a film-maker. She received the Christie Award for out-standing contribution to the NFTS and her film ‘Dylan’ has been screened at numerous international film festivals. ‘Dylan’ won 2nd prize at San Sebastian International Film Festival and was shortlisted for Grierson Awards for best student film. Ania continues to work on documentaries for British TV, including ‘Britain in a Day’ for BBC2.

‘Dylan’ Official Trailer from Ania Winiarska on Vimeo.

It is a wonderful opportunity for me to study at the NFTS where I can improve my skills and develop [a] personal voice and style in film-making.

2009 Awardee: Fiona Mackay

Receiving this award allows me to participate in the Wiels Residency Program in Brussels, an opportunity that I would be unable to realise without the substantial financial support of the Dewar Arts Awards.

Biography

Aberdeen-born Fiona studied initially at the Glasgow School Art, from which she graduated with a degree in fine art painting. Since then, Fiona has worked as an artist, exhibiting in Scotland, England, Germany and Belgium.
Since graduating, Fiona was included in the well-regarded national competition, New Contemporaries, and has exhibited in the prestigious Timothy Taylor Gallery in London, both of which are testaments to the considerable promise her future work holds.

Fiona has played an integral part in the Glasgow art scene, both in contributing to exhibitions and in the establishment and programming of the gallery space Flat 0/1. Flat 0/1 provided a much-needed opportunity for a younger generation of Scottish artists to exhibit their work in a supportive, discursive atmosphere.

Fiona has been accepted onto the six-month Wiels Residency Program at the new contemporary arts centre in Brussels, which receives six young artists from throughout Europe for a programme of professional development and artistic dialogue. This residency will be of significant benefit to both Fiona’s standing internationally and as an emerging artist in Scotland.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help Fiona take up this exciting opportunity.

Since the Award

Fiona writes that “while at Wiels, with the ability to gain a distance to my studio practice in Glasgow combined with a broad range of different influences and experiences from my peers, I found the ability to focus on elements of my work with a new sense of clarity and confidence.” Following the residency at Wiels, Fiona was invited to work as an artist in the studios of Komplot in Brussels and following on from that to participate in a month’s residency with Lokaal01 in Antwerp.

Receiving this award allows me to participate in the Wiels Residency Program in Brussels, an opportunity that I would be unable to realise without the substantial financial support of the Dewar Arts Awards.

2008 Awardee: Elaine Woo MacGregor

The award gives me an exciting opportunity to work in a creative environment within the unique New England setting.

Biography

Edinburgh-born Elaine was brought up by her traditional Chinese parents and is equally comfortable in both Chinese and Western cultures. From a young age she went to the Chinese school learning how to read and write Chinese. During that time, she was taught Chinese poetry and calligraphy. She has visited China several times to visit relatives.

In the family home, the fusion of the two cultures was reflected in the prints, textiles and furnishings. However, Scotland has always felt like home to Elaine.

Elaine moved to Glasgow at the age of 18 to study Fine Art at the Glasgow School of Art. She graduated with a good degree, acquired a studio and began working as a full-time artist, exhibiting throughout the UK. She began to be noticed as a serious and thoughtful painter and her first solo exhibition was ‘Portraits’ in Glasgow.

Elaine has received recognition for her work in the form of the James Torrance Memorial Award, the Hope Scott Trust Award and the Cross Trust Fund.

Elaine was offered a post as Artist in Residence for one month at the University of Guizhou, based at the Art Academy of Guiyang. Elaine says of the experience that, “it helped to bring back some strong connections to my Chinese roots; providing me with a better understanding of the Chinese way of life and its ancient philosophy.” An exhibition of new work inspired by this visit can be seen in the Harbour Art Centre in Irvine in 2009.

How the Award Helped

Elaine has been offered the Partial Fellowship Artist Residency in the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson in Vermont. The Dewar Arts Award will help towards the funding of her stay there.

Since the Award

Elaine writes that after her one-month residency in the Vermont Studio Center “there have been unexpected new directions and opportunities..”  One is an exhibition in late 2010 in London with a group of artists on the residency, the other is her increasing interest in imagery related to mythology and human history. She plans to visit ancient Scottish settlements to develop this interest.

Elaine took part in our 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Roots to Shoots. Find out more here.

The award gives me an exciting opportunity to work in a creative environment within the unique New England setting.

2008 Awardee: Eve Smith

I am absolutely delighted to receive this award and express my most sincere thanks to the Trustees for supporting me in this way.

Biography

Glasgow-born Eve is very proud of her Polish heritage. Being both grandchild of immigrants and growing up with the presence of two cultures has informed her career ambitions and given her an international perspective on her work.

In June 1999 her local MP, Donald Dewar, presented Eve with the art prize at secondary school.

Eve graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2004 in Fine Art with an ambition to work in the visual arts. Since then she has won a number of awards, including in 2004 the John Kinross Travel Scholarship from the Royal Scottish Academy of Art. In 2007 Eve received a Personal Development Award from Project Scotland to visit Documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany.

After a series of voluntary placements in visual arts organisations, Eve worked for the National Galleries of Scotland as Assistant to the Director of Development and Communications where she demonstrated her enormous potential to become a curator as well as her ability to enthuse people with her interest in contemporary art.

Eve has been offered a place on the competitive MA in Curating Contemporary Art at the Royal College of Art in London, which is a highly international programme.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will help to fund Eve’s studies in London.

Since the Award

A year later, Eve reported that her first year had been extremely busy, academically demanding and successful. She writes, “Being able to take up my place on this MA course has been a fantastic experience and has really developed every aspect of my thinking as a curator.”

After a further year’s study, Eve graduated from RCA with an MA in Curating Contemporary Art. In 2011 she will do a work placement in the curatorial department of the Sharjah Biennal, UAE.

Eve supported with the curation of our 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Roots to Shoots. Find out more here.

I am absolutely delighted to receive this award and express my most sincere thanks to the Trustees for supporting me in this way.

2008 Awardee: Linsay Croall

I was delighted to receive ... your support. The award will allow me to take full advantage of the opportunities that studying at the Tamarind Institute provides.

Biography

Born and raised in Edinburgh’s Leith area, Linsay moved to Aberdeen when she entered Gray’s School of Art in 2000. In 2004 she was awarded the John Kinross scholarship from the RSA and received the David Gordon Memorial.

After graduation, Linsay worked as a print-maker for the Edinburgh Printmakers and, currently, she works part-time for Peacock Visual Arts. She is also developing her own art practice. Linsay has a developing interest in lithography, which is a dwindling artform in Scotland.

After a brief summer workshop at the Tamarind Institute in New Mexico, she applied for and was accepted onto their nine-month, intensive Professional Printer Training Programme. Linsay will be the first Scottish print-maker for over twenty years to study at this internationally renowned centre of excellence. During the course she will strengthen and refine her technical skills in both stone and plate lithography.

When she returns to Scotland, Linsay hopes to pass on her skills to others, as well as develop her own art practice and collaborate with other visual artists.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will enable Linsay to take up this unique opportunity to study at the Tamarind Institute.

Since the Award

Studying lithography in the dry heat of New Mexico offers unique challenges. Linsay was told that “if you can print a stone in the desert, you can print a stone anywhere.” The intensive course comprised learning the techniques of stone lithography and then collaborating with artists to produce and edition their work.

Linsay writes that, “In the few months since [I returned to the Peacock Gallery] I’ve already editioned six stones with invited artists, have an ambitious one drawn up and ready to etch and various tests ongoing. All the artists have been delighted with the results so far …” The Education Director of the Tamarind Institute commented that the graduate art students at the Institute wanted to work with Linsay because of the special attention she gave to their collaborations.

I was delighted to receive ... your support. The award will allow me to take full advantage of the opportunities that studying at the Tamarind Institute provides.

2008 Awardee: Malcy Duff

Thank you so much, this means a great deal and will help my work considerably in the next year. . …. it is going to give me opportunities that I wouldn't have had without it.

Biography

Born and brought up in Edinburgh, Malcy Duff published his first comic, ‘Zero Termite’, when he was 19. He is now one of Scotland’s best-regarded independent cartoonists, and his work has been described as ‘oblique, grotesque and at times downright eye-poppingly scary’. He himself has been described as ‘visionary and pioneering’.

Malcy trained in illustration at Telford College. After graduation he worked as a cartoonist and started producing and selling comics. In those ten years Malcy has gained a reputation within the genre and has developed a keen following and an interest in his work. He doesn’t attempt to explain his work, preferring to let people think for themselves, as he puts it, ‘I respect my readership by not caring what they think of my work.’

Malcy’s work sits squarely within the fine UK tradition of self-produced underground comics. He has exhibited his work throughout the UK and internationally, and in particular, has received acclaim for his exhibitions at London’s Institute of Contemporary Art. With the help of a grant in 2007, Malcy set up his publishing house, Missing Twin, and released the first comic The Blackest Gnome, which was inspired by the cancellation of the last Black And White Minstrel Show in Scotland.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award will enable Malcy to produce a body of work to exhibit at the MOCCA comic convention this year and to develop his talent as a cartoonist.

Since the Award

Malcy writes that the award “made it possible for me to concentrate on my work first and foremost, relieving the financial strain making it easier to accomplish what I had put in front of myself for my planned year’s work…..[and that it made] possible for me to fulfil the promise I made to myself of really exploring fully what a website can do for me, how it can help my work and my publishing house. This project is now an ongoing concern and will continue to assist my work as I stretch myself creatively.”

For more information about Malcy’s work, see his website: www.missingtwin.net.

Malcy’s work was showcased as part of our 10th Anniversary Exhibition, Roots to Shoots. Find out more here.

Thank you so much, this means a great deal and will help my work considerably in the next year. . …. it is going to give me opportunities that I wouldn't have had without it.