- 23 February 2022
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Continuing their partnership to nurture local talent, the Royal College of Art (RCA) and Wandsworth Arts Fringe (WAF) are delighted to announce the recipients of four creative bursaries which will support local artists in the early stages of their career.
The four winning artists work across different mediums – from painting and illustration to animation and games design – and draw upon their experiences, identities and locality to inform their work. They’ll now receive tailored mentoring and support from RCA staff and students, as well as financial support to take part in WAF 2022 and the opportunity to showcase their work in a group exhibition at Outlined Gallery in Nine Elms, set to take place from 10 to 26 June 2022.
After the exhibition, Outlined Gallery will feature each bursary recipient’s work on their website for 12 months with options to create prints for the public to buy – providing a financial revenue stream for each artist at the beginning of their career.
The winners were selected by a panel made up of Ken Neil, Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, RCA; Anna Vickery, Interim Arts Programme and Partnership Manager, Wandsworth Council; and Greig Scott, Joint Managing Director, The Logical Choice Group (TLC) and Curator, Outlined Gallery – who all praised the quality of the entrants.
“This partnership with the RCA builds on the wonderful success of the Wandsworth Artists’ Open House bursary scheme in 2018 and 2019, and it’s very exciting that Outlined Gallery, a new contemporary gallery for Nine Elms, will be exhibiting the work of these four talented local artists as part of their first Wandsworth Arts Fringe festival.”Cabinet Member for Community Services and Open Spaces, Wandsworth Council
Get to know the creative bursary recipients below:
“I’m so thrilled to receive this award, especially as a lifelong resident of Wandsworth and local artist.”
Sena Appeah is a young visual artist based at the Barbican Centre. As an emerging artist, she has exhibited her contemporary fine artworks in various London galleries. The unique and surreal worlds Sena creates, characteristic of her style, stem from her self-taught practice as an oil painter. She is inspired by identity, imaginative freedom and philosophy.
“Making art is when I am most free, I feel humbled to be chosen for this award.”
Theo Chaudoir is a self-taught artist based in Tooting, whose work aims to explore how we engage with community life and various experiences in both a purposeful and psychological way. Discussing his practice, Theo commented ‘I’m excited to continue this journey of experimenting with new mediums through drawing and digital tools. Living in a city flowing with inspiration, I am motivated by its people and energy.’
“I really can't believe this is happening.”
Louis Morel works across drawing, sculpture, creative writing and games design, ‘exploring the line between cute, creepy and weird.’ Louis is an autistic artist who suffers with a chronic pain condition and severe sensory processing issues. This means he is extremely sensitive to sounds and smells in particular, making it very difficult for him to leave the house. Making art has been a way for him to process trauma and find meaningful ways of interacting with the world.
“Thank you for this great opportunity.”
Merlin Summers was born in London and lives in Tooting with his family and dog, Arnie. Merlin is autistic with learning difficulties and is studying BA Animation at University West of England in his Foundation year, where his work is driven by his imagination and how everyday situations can become absurd and surreal. As well as animation, he enjoys scuba diving, hill walking, travel and learning to read and speak Japanese.
“We are absolutely delighted to be hosting this exhibition of work by these incredibly talented young artists. The quality of all the applications we saw was extremely impressive, but these four artists really stood out for us. We are certain they are going to have a very successful future.”Curator at Outlined Gallery and Joint Managing Director at TLC
“I was very impressed by the applications and the quality of the work being done. Our shortlisted artists are creating works that are connected in interesting ways to contemporary times, and to the experience of living in our city. I very much look forward to the exhibition opportunity for these artists and know that they will make very good use of the mentoring inputs as well.”Dean of the School of Arts & Humanities, RCA
“We are delighted to be teaming up once again with the Royal College of Art to support young artists in the borough. Wandsworth Council is dedicated to developing young talent, supporting creative businesses, nurturing relationships with local cultural partners and building professional pathways for the next generation of artists and creatives.”Cabinet Member for Community Services and Open Spaces, Wandsworth Council
Also of interest
The RCA is excited to be teaming up with Wandsworth Arts Fringe to offer four bursaries to local artists and designers.