The Devon Artist Network annual Emerging Artist Bursary scheme supports new and emerging artists taking part in Devon Open Studios.
The scheme aims to nurture new talent and to encourage bursary winners to take the next steps in their career. Participation in Devon Open Studios is funded for each winner, and the artists are offered support to raise their profile. One bursary winner is selected for the Joanna Radford Prize, and receives a further grant towards materials.
PJEJ 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.
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 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.
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.
During lockdown, Chrissie Hunt explored colour through painting and drawing. Taking her inspiration from those sketches and paintings, she’s creating ceramic vessels to use as her canvas. Chrissie is looking forward to hearing people’s reactions to this new body of work.