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Festival Makers Award

I recently won a Festival Makers Award, sponsored by The Making in partnership with Central St. Martins College of Art & Design and The Basingstoke Multicultural Forum.  The programme was supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Award: 6 selected makers/artists each received a bursary, an artist’s residency in a North Hampshire school, considerable in-kind support, and a commission to create a large-scale public artwork for the World Party in the Park 2011 in Basingstoke.

My residency at Andover College was a very positive experience, and offered me plenty of inspiration for the creation of my sculpture, Vessel (below).  The Olympic-themed piece references the Greek kraters used in ancient festivals to contain and distribute wine.  The sculpture can contain up to 27 litres of wine (9 litres each of red, white and rosé) which can be accessed through three taps at the front.  The imagery was derived from research into the local history of Andover (where my residency was based) as part of a larger exploration of globalization processes and their relationship to world events such as the Olympic Games.

I was also selected as the Maker of the Month for July, to coincide with the unveiling of Vessel at the World Party in the Park in Basingstoke.  Click here to learn more.

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