I applied to for the Professional Devlepment Bursary to address skill-gaps that were preventing me from realising my ideas.
My recent work has been part of artist-duo, One Five West. We’ve been making a series of games and interventions in public space that playfully subvert hostile architecture into an invitation to contribute.
This work was developed on the New Talent Residency at Pervasive Media Studio. Having this amazing opportunity offered me the time to think about where I wanted my practice to develop in the future, and it became apparent that I was interested in materials of discomfort and authority in public space. This led to an interest in working with metal, so that I could create my own artwork and furniture that reflected design in public spaces.
However, I hadn’t worked in metal before, and did not have the facilities, so felt I was unable to demonstrate my ideas. So, having been the successful recipient of the Professional Development bursary from a-n, I have been able to invest in welding skills which I’m currently undertaking at Tameside college.
I’ve only done a few sessions, but am feeling so much more confident in being able to use new equipment safely, and even more I’m excited to be able to apply these skills into making some new work!
I’ll be updating the blog with further process soon, and will also be covering the bursary I received to learn some After Effects.