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George Sfougaras: Light in the Darkness

The installation, 'Light in the Darkness' symbolises the fragility of life and the power of hope and remembrance. Both tents (one exhibited at Leicester Museum & Art Gallery and the other touring various venues including the Leicester Unitarian Chapel) represent the common need for shelter by all exiled and displaced people and the responsibility to remember those lost.

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Ones To Watch: CuratorSpace prizewinners

May 2021 saw the opening of the Ones to Watch exhibition by Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, an annual open exhibition showcasing the best of Yorkshire's graduate artists. The exhibition brought together work by artists from across disciplines, from painting to sculpture, film, photography, ceramics, and design.

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Timothea Armour: This is Moth Death

This Is Moth Death by Timothea Armour is the first of four new audio works commissioned for Beacon Tower by Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

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Zain Al-Sharaf Wahbeh: The Image as an Archive

Beneath the visible national territory of Jaffa-Tel Aviv lies the contested urban arena of Al-Manshiyya. This long-forgotten neighbourhood offers a layered playing field of territorial tug-of wars, paramilitary clashes, punitive demolitions, and gentrified overwrites. Because Al-Manshiyya has faced a rigorous urban evolution under the Israeli occupation since its establishment in 1948, this neighbourhood best exemplifies some of the most violent practices of cultural annihilation in Palestine.

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Exciting new sculpture to recognise the contribution made by the NHS during the pandemic

Leeds-based artist Paul Digby is raising money from the public to create a statue celebrating and commemorating the huge sacrifices made by nurses, NHS workers and frontline staff in the city during the 2020-21 Covid-19 pandemic.

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Robert Lawrence: Climate Currency

Robert Lawrence of Ingrained Culture is a woodcarver based in Aberdeenshire. His work focuses on concerns around climate change and responsible ecology. He has recenty been working on a new arts, culture and tree planting initiative, Climate Currency, with the charity Reforesting Scotland.

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Shane Finan: The Wood Wide Web

Shane Finan is an interactive digital media artist and project manager based in Ireland. His artworks explore contemporary theory on technology, place and more-than-human relationships. His rescheduled residency in Northumberland explores the interconnectivity between forests, communities, technologies, and how much more poignant that has become post-pandemic.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Mark Tamer

Mark Tamer is an experimental photographer working with both analogue and digital mediums. Through his work he aims to find a balance between chance and control, construction and destruction, signal and noise.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Tim Shore

Tim Shore is a visual artist living in Derby. He works with moving image, site-specific installation, drawing and books. He is particularly interested in the histories and narratives of the marginal, ephemeral and overlooked, and how luck, chance and anxiety can be embodied in his work.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Jonathon Beaver

Jonathon Beaver is an animator, embroiderer and arts educator based in Liverpool. He uses traditional crafts, particularly textiles used to mark family occasions and decorate homes, to evoke diverse family units. His practice often stitches and blends language, words and motifs that connect, root and bind us to places and to memories.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Gudrun Filipska

Gudrun Filipska is an artist and researcher living in the Fens, UK. She is of Welsh and Polish descent. Her work is concerned with the cultural and literary associations of walking and journeying and seeks to re- configure them to include, feminist and 'other' itinerant practices. She also facilitates the artist-led collective 'Arts Territory Exchange'.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Oliver Bliss

Oliver Bliss is a Queer Craftivist exploring social and political issues with an interest in sexuality and gender. He uses textiles as a starting point within his work to explore themes of identity, sexuality and gender. He is also an experienced facilitator for creative workshops, building conversations around social and political issues.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #11: Carrie Fertig

Carrie Fertig is a socially engaged interdisciplinary artist working in performance, video, sound, sculpture, installation. Her aim is to make compelling and safe environments inviting deep reflection and participation in self-discovery and well-being. Much of her work is an exploration of difficult and uncomfortable aspects of being human: dying and forgiveness. She is interested in pushing societal norms around dying and the lack of conversation about the inevitable.

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Shefali Wardell: Hungry

Shefali Wardell is an interdisciplinary artist working in illustration, drawing, writing and curation. During the pandemic she has focused on publishing her first ProCreate produced graphic novel.

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Inch by IN:CH: A Travelling Project

Inch by IN:CH is an artist-led travelling suitcase exhibition, bringing contemporary art out of galleries and into community areas across South West UK. Considering transition, interchange and the transportation of ideas, 11 artists will tour their work in an outwardly mobile spiral, engaging the public through talks, workshops, performances, demos, residencies. Starting at Fringe Arts Bath (28 May) and ending at Somerset Open Studios (3 Oct ‘21).

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Cassy Oliphant: An Unintended Domestic Residency

Cassy Oliphant was awarded a CuratorSpace Artist Bursary to undertake an artist parent residency in France with her young daughter. But as Covid made this impossible, her work became even more focused on her family and its histories.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #10: Kate Elisabeth Rolison

Kate Elisabeth Rolison is a hand embroidery artist and writer, who stitches words on books, clothes, and antique textiles. Some of the topics she explores include women's history, romance, mental health, nature, the history of embroidery, autobiography and memoir, fairytale, language, and fashion. She is currently working on a stitched graphic novel.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #10: Marianne Sice

Marianne Sice is an interdisciplinary artist & musician who seeks to create multidisciplinary audiovisual, embodied experiences for an audience in the form of installations, live art works and performances. She is interested in music & performance psychology and the effect of listening to and making music on people's wellbeing and has recently been involved in collaborative projects using sensors to measure these effects. She has also worked as a resident young entrepreneur with digital arts collective Handcoded, Barcelona who specialise in creating interactive public artworks and immersive experiences using coding and projection mapping.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #10: Kathryn Maguire

Born in Ireland, Kathryn Maguire lives and works in London. She is currently studying Masters in Sculpture in Royal College of Art. Her practice engages text, sculpture, video, installation; making diverse cultural references linking the past with the contemporary. Increasingly, her work engages processes of making, informed by her earlier training as jewellery-maker and sculptor.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #10: Iona MacLeod

Iona MacLeod makes sculptures, videos, drawings, paintings, crafts, installations, performances, and photography. Sometimes her work is a single object, sometimes a whole project. She studied sculpture and installation at The Ontario Collage of Art and Design in Canada, and is currently working on obtaining her MA in art and social practice at the University of the Highlands and Islands in Scotland.

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