People we support are using our grants to make a real difference in their lives.
We want to share some of their achievements, pass on what they have learned from their work, and tell you a bit about what we're up to as well.
Ben Jones has just sent this notice about his upcoming exhibition at Test Space on Spike Island in Bristol, from 2nd – 18th June. He graduated from Bath Spa University last year after winning a Gane Scholarship to go to Bratislava in 2015. Ben bravely took his work to be criticised at a photographic seminar weekend, experiencing his first solo trip abroad, and a new and different culture. His work has been transformed as a result, giving him a clear direction for his third year studies, and we are delighted he is keeping in touch.
Neil Elliss Brookes used his grant in September for a residency at this fascinating site in Devon, to develop work celebrating an important part of Britain’s industrial history – the textile mill. he plans to develop a further body of work to be shown as a summer exhibition. Neil says: “Your original funding has been extremely helpful in providing a vital stepping stone for me to get to this point.”
In December our latest Gane Travel Scholar, Prema Chandiramani, presented a fascinating account of her visit to India chasing colour: she visited Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur. Prema met visual artists, sculptors, dancers, musicians and a Jain temple priest, learnt miniature-painting, and investigated the role colour plays in Indian life and culture. Now she’s embedding her findings into her ceramics, print and collage for her final year.
Cora Newton fell in love with Egyptian architecture during family visits, and filled sketchbooks with strong geometric drawings. Then she turned them into dramatic prints and quilted garments, gaining her the Gane/Design and Industries Association Prize at City of Bath College, in her second year on the Fashion and Clothing Course.