Mentoring Programme to support the Development of skills in Green Arts Practice
We are pleased to announce that five artists have been selected to take part in a new Bursary and Mentoring Programme. The programme supports the development of skills in Green Arts Practice. The artists are Sam Pickett, Jeni McConnell and Jessica Elleray, Anna Whitehouse and Jacqui Symons.
Sam Pickett is an emerging artist whose practice is rooted in the current duality between culture and nature and the challenges facing us as we adapt to living in the era of the Anthropocene. Her practice has evolved into an environmentally sensitive body of work that includes installations, sculptural work, digital film and interventions.
Jeni McConnell’s intriguing, socially engaged creative practice is driven by 4 key components: people, place, objects and archives, brought to life by the social connections between them.
Led by detailed research, her process-driven methods develop engaging public experiences to reveal the complexities of human interaction through time, in place. Her current work is inspired by an increasing personal concern with the environment and spending time in the small village of Cark on the Cartmel Pensinsula.
Emerging artist Jessica Elleray’s area of interest is narratives that connect people, places and objects. In her practice, the artist becomes archeologist, uncovering untold stories and bringing them to light. Working in her chosen medium of painting and sculpture, she seeks to start a conversation – to invite viewers to own their own experience.
Ceramic Artist Anna Whitehouse aims to translate scientific research through intriguing sculptural objects, to engage with a wider audience. She is currently exploring the concept of ‘Manmade Nature’ with a focus on mutation, adaption and forced evolution.
Ultimately Anna strives to create curious objects that spark a childlike sense of wonder and appreciation of the natural world.
Jacqui Symons’ practice considers detail and intricacy within our environment and the natural world. Her latest work focuses on concerns about climate change, biodiversity and the loss of nature, attempting to balance an appreciation for Earth’s beauty with a more serious message of irreversible damage.
Symons’ art takes many forms though repeated processes and methods are an integral part of her practice. Time spent working on something is very important to her as an artist, both in the meaning of the final piece and as a personal process; work often involves laborious and time-consuming methods to produce a finished piece.