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.
Amelia Webster paints portraits of everyday people. She enjoys spending time with someone, listening to what they have to say so that she can tell their story in paint. She has been creating portraits of business owners to celebrate her local high street. Amelia exhibited her work at her studio in Old Pottery Court, Chudleigh.
Amelia is the winner of the Joanna Radford Award.
Ruth Helen Smith has been inspired by local produce during the pandemic. With neighbours dropping round eggs and sharing plants for allotments, she began to think about how local produce brings community together, and how disconnected we are from the people and processes behind many items sold in supermarkets. Ruth began painting still lifes in illusionistic alcoves, reflecting on how everything we bring into our homes marks a connection to the world. More recently in her paintings, these alcoves have become ‘Wardian Cases’, which were once used for transporting plants across the globe. Beyond their glass walls can be seen the paintings show views of the original homes of the produce depicted.
Nicola Barton uses recycled silver to make handcrafted jewellery inspired by nature. Her imagination was captured by the mycelium of the honey fungus which she now uses to create textures in her rings, bracelets, brooches and other jewellery. Nicola exhibited her work at Fursdon Barn Studio, Moretonhampstead.
Alison Hannah works with stoneware and porcelain, inspired by the moorland and coastline of Devon. She paints local scenes and has developed her own technique to add the paintings to her ceramics. Her own original poetic verse also features on some of her larger pieces, capturing the moments in both words and pictures. She exhibited her work in North Huish near South Brent.
Dinah Gibbons showed her work at The Angel Gallery in Totnes. She embroiders items of lost clothing such as a dropped glove or found sock. She photographs each lost piece in its location, fascinated by how it found its way there. She then embroiders words and phrases inspired by her find and the feelings it creates – perhaps a question or statement.