2022 Bursary Artists

Devon Artist Network is delighted to announce this year’s Emerging Artist Bursary Award winners. Bursaries are aimed at those taking their first steps into professional arts practice, returning to creative practice after a career break or change, or currently taking their art in a new direction. 

The award aims to nurture and encourage new talent to take the next steps in their career by helping to fund their participation in this prestigious event. 

This year’s winners are: 

Jordan Eastwood 
Jordan Eastwood creates pastel drawings and sculpture. He has made a series of 29 pastel drawings, representing three mental states, which fill an entire wall of his studio. He hopes that once visitors step inside, they will be immersed in the deep atmosphere the drawings create. 

Becca Marais 
Becca Marais returned to the UK from Kenya just before lockdown and picked up her brushes after a break from painting. She loves the idea of showing work in her studio and the opportunity to share her thoughts and ideas with visitors. 

Clare Willcocks 
Using oils, gouache, ink and watercolour, Clare Willcocks is inspired by the North Devon coast, and is currently working on a series of paintings of waves. She’s looking forward to sharing her work with visitors, and will be running workshops for people who would like to learn more about sketching.

Chrissie Hunt 
During lockdown, Chrissie Hunt explored colour through painting and drawing. Taking her inspiration from those sketches and paintings, she’s creating ceramic vases to use as her canvas. Chrissie is looking forward to hearing people’s reactions to this new body of work. 

PJEJ Gray 
PJ Gray is a former dinner lady who is ‘coming out’ as an artist. Her art is a personal response to topical subjects such as identity, creation, gender, and most recently the war in Ukraine 

PJEJ Gray has also been awarded this year’s Joanna Radford Prize for excellence.