Six artists have been shortlisted for Shape Arts’ 2018 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. The annual award, which is now in its tenth year, offers the winner £10,000 in prize money, with the successful applicant also receiving a three-month residency with Pallant House Gallery, Chichester.
The shortlisted artists are: Terence Birch, Sarah Carpenter, Catherine Cleary, Jesse Darling, Nicola Lane and Rebecca Lennon.
Jesse Darling (above) works with installation, video, drawing, text, sound and performance, looking at what it means to be a ‘body in the world’.
Known for making work that explores class structure, consumer desire and aesthetic prejudice, Terence Birch uses various strategies of restriction, hindrance and limitation.
Sarah Carpenter works across various art forms, exploring methods of processing and dealing with information, and the structure of the mind.
Abstract drawings and paintings are the focus of Catherine Cleary‘s practice, which centres on eccentricity, dreaming and enchantment.
Nicola Lane‘s work focuses on self-image through sculpture and installation.
Finally, Rebecca Lennon works with video, sound and installation, interrogating language and the voice.
The award is organised by the disability-led arts organisation Shape Arts, which works to improve access to culture for disabled people and provides opportunities for disabled artists.
The award was set up in memory of the sculptor Adam Reynolds, with the aim of providing an opportunity for mid-career disabled artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work.
The winner of the 2018 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary will be chosen by a panel of art industry professionals, before being announced on 14 November 2017. All six artists will also go on to show work together as part of Shape Arts’ bursary shortlist exhibition.
The recipient of the last Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary was sculptor Oliver MacDonald, whose three month residency at Turner Contemporary took place earlier this year. Previous residencies have been hosted by the V&A, the New Art Gallery Walsall, Camden Arts Centre, Baltic and Spike Island.
For more information visit: www.shapearts.org.uk
1. Jesse Darling, March of the Valedictorians. Courtesy: Shape Arts
2. Terence Birch, The Dream. Courtesy: Shape Arts
3. Sarah Carpenter, Fragility. Courtesy: Shape Arts
4. Catherine Cleary, Old Ways. Courtesy: Shape Arts
5. Nicola Lane, The Fitting Room, film still. Courtesy: Shape Arts
6. Rebecca Lennon, Eat My Bankruptcy Baby, installation. Courtesy: Shape Arts