It seeks to support exceptional skill and imagination, offering makers at the early stages of their careers, an opportunity to develop their creative ideas independently of specific commissioning structures, and with substantial curatorial support. It looks broadly at how contemporary artists are defining or challenging the boundaries of what has traditionally been described as applied arts.
This year’s artists, selected from over 267 UKwide applicants, all combine a high level of technical skill with imagination and intellectual adventure, and these new works promise to take each practice in a fresh and exciting direction.
Each artist has received an award of £7,500 to realise significant new projects, whilst offering a rare opportunity for the artists to freely develop creative ideas central to their individual practices. The resulting commissions are presented in this nationally touring exhibition.
Zachary EastwoodBloom / Malene Hartmann Rasmussen / Jasleen Kaur / Ian McIntyre / Silo Studio
The 2015 artists were selected by an independent panel comprising Grant Gibson, Editor of Crafts magazine; Isobel Dennis, Director of New Designers and Michael Marriott, leading product designer and curator.