ABOUT THE BURSARY
Creative Pathways Bursary aims to provide tailor-made support for early career artists in Somerset to develop their practice and reach their audiences. Bursary opportunities usually open in Feb/March each year for those who wish to develop new work as part of the Art Weeks Festival event or Open Studios event.
Creative Pathways is part of Somerset Art Works’ Artist Development Programme which includes bursaries, mentoring, networking, events and advisory support for Somerset Art Works’ artist members at different stages of their practice.
For more about the programme, please see somersetartworks.org.uk/artistdevelopment
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Open Studios venue 115: ACEarts in Somerton
Rebecca is a Textile Artist based in South Somerset, specialising in free-motion embroidery and applique to build up intricate and vibrant textile artworks. She uses the sewing machine as a tool to mix colours, ‘paint’ and draw with a free-hand style using threads. During the event, she will be working at ACEarts Gallery in Somerton creating work that studies the fascinating world of seeds and beans and their sustainability. She will be working in this space alongside Artist Lydia Needle.
“I am over the moon to be awarded the Creative Pathways 2018: ACEarts Bursary and is honoured that I will be working in the amazing gallery space alongside artist mentor Lydia Needle. I am keen to embrace the opportunity to immerse myself into the Somerset community of artists and makers. I am most excited to receive mentoring and advice from SAW and ACEarts that will help me develop my own creative practice and to forge links that will last beyond the event itself.”
Open Studio Venue 119: Weston Bampfylde Village Hall
Venue 132: Home studio in Bruton
Luminara Star gained a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Kingston University, London. Her main inspiration comes from Folk art/crafts and her own Romanian heritage. As well as using traditional folk skills such as paper cutting and egg painting she also draws on digital media, creating such works as ‘The Digital Flower Garden’ which was exhibited as part of the Bath Digital Art Festival in 2017. Traditional forms of art and craft are juxtaposed with digital technology throughout Luminara’s art practice enabling her to bring these forms into a contemporary arena. During the Open Studios event, Luminara will be welcoming visitors to join her in her Home Studio based in Bruton.
“Through the Creative Pathways Bursary, my aim is to explore the conversation between contemporary art practice and traditional folk art/craft. I plan to further research and develop practical skills inspired by the traditional folk art and craft of my Romanian heritage while gaining a deeper understanding of how these skills can be translated into contemporary art forms through my own art practice.”