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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #8: Alice Banfield

Alice Banfield is a Welsh autistic artist based in Cardiff. Her practice explores her experiences as an autistic person. She uses this narrative to deconstruct misconceptions of autism. In particular, how the language used by some organisations portrays autism as a disease that can be treated. In using this negative language, some have attempted to 'cure' autism with pseudo-medicine such as MMS (Miracle Mineral Supplement), which contains Chlorine Dioxide.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #8: Sarah-Joy Ford

Sarah-Joy Ford is an Artist and Post Graduate Researcher at Manchester School of Art. Ford works with textiles to explore the complexities and pleasures of queer communities, histories and archives. Her current practice and research explores quilt making as an affective methodology for making re-visioning lesbian archival material.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #8: Katie Bell

Katie Bell is an artist based in Newcastle. Influenced by her work as an audio-visual technician, her practice centres on sculptural sound installation but extends to video, performance, drawing and sculpture. Collaboration and workshops are also essential mechanisms informing her making.

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CuratorSpace Artist Bursary #8: Lynn Cox

Lynn Cox is a blind artist, losing her sight over the past 35 years. Inclusion, accessibility and the Situationist explorations of Play and Psychogeography are integral to her work as an artist. Collaged soundscapes, tactile sculptures and 3D drawings are always prominent. She holds a BA and MA in Fine Art from Wimbledon School of Art.

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Hondartza Fraga: Beyond Scale

Hondartza Fraga works in drawing, photography, animation and video. Her work is an ongoing exploration of the different 'distances' between ourselves and everything else: spatial, temporal, emotional, cultural and imagined. Fascinated by extreme environments, from deep sea to deep space, she explores our individual and collective relationship with these kind of places and their mediated image. She is currently studying a Practice-led PhD at the School of Design at the University of Leeds.

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Liam Collins: Lockdown Projects

Liam Collins is a mixed media artist whose artwork has featured in exhibitions in England, Holland and Spain. He is the founder of the Travelling Art Show, a project for which he also produced the book 'Oduntune Place Sculpture Park'. Although he resides in the UK, he has spent much of his life in Spain and was the artistic Director of the Alta Mancha Art & Drama School, La Herradura, Granada.

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Sue Mann: Drawing Breath

Sue Mann is a York based artist who makes works in response to architecture. She is interested in how spaces feel and seeks out hidden, forgotten or reimagined aspects through drawing. Sue is concerned with making connections, questioning what the sensory experiences of drawing and architecture may reveal about a place or time. Working with repetitive mark making, she produces drawings on layers of translucent paper to place in response to light as a means to consider the multifaceted nature of architectural spaces.

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Tommaso "Masaccio" Ranfagni: In Praise of the Speculative Sensibility of the Humanities

Tommaso "Masaccio" Ranfagni is an art historian and curator based in Glasgow. During the lockdown, he has been working on different methodologies to enrich his curatorial approach. Throughout his exploration, he came across speculative thinking and its application. Inspired by that, he wrote a short essay on the humanities and their role in rethinking the future.

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Angela Tait: The Covid Clay Diary

Angela is a sculptor and ceramicist from the North of England. She is currently a PhD researcher at the University of Sunderland investigating the relationship between a creative practice and domestic obligations. She also lectures in Fine Art at the University of Salford.

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O. Yemi Tubi: It is Finished; the Stone is Rolled Away

O Yemi Tubi is a Nigerian born, USA trained artist with a unique personal style, currently residing in the United Kingdom. Most of his recent paintings have been influenced by the political and social upheaval of our world today and the works of the Renaissance artists.

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Ruth Collett: Lockdown Visual Diary

Ruth Collett is a ceramicist making paperclay and earthenware pieces inspired by the patterns of the Yorkshire Wolds, the busy lives of bees and textured forms slumped by gravity. She is usually based at Woodend Creative Workspace in Scarborough, but has been self-isolating during the pandemic.

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Fiona Campbell: Life in the Undergrowth

Fiona Campbell is an artist, educator and occasional curator. She creates sculptural installations using mainly recycled and found materials. At the root of her practice is the notion of interconnectedness and life's cyclical persistence, with a focus on environmental concerns about human exploitation of nature. Fiona has an MFA, is a member of Royal Society of Sculptors and recently won the Red Line Art Works Award for her series of environmental installations.

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Andrew Smith: Art in Isolation

Andrew Smith is a Wales based painter working consistently with colour by means of exhibition projects and exploring the cultural context of exchange by establishing links with international partners (most recently, Latvia, Australia, and India, 2018 to 2019). Andrew has worked on public art projects and commissions exploring colour in terms of location and scale.

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Sally Annett: Lockdown

Sally Annett is a British born multi-media, multi-disciplinary artist based at her ongoing project Association ATELIER MELUSINE in SW France. Her work is concerned with language, ecology, meta-representation and the 'tree of life'. She deals with ideas around consciousness; linguistics, semiotics, genealogies and belief systems, looking at the different levels of existent and the structures which support them.

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Bank Job: Artists relaunch their own money supply amidst financial crisis

As the economic shockwaves of the coronavirus crisis deepens in the UK, millions are relying on food banks – and universal credit to get by. Artists are among the worst affected, as many of them have fallen through the cracks. Artist and filmmaker duo, Dan Edelstyn and Hilary Powell are responding in their own way through their project, Bank Job.

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Chris Wilmott: IMPACT exhibition

Chris Wilmott is a painter. He develops his works through writing poems which he then converts into visual imagery. His subject is the impact of humanity on nature, and in particular, the consequences of rising sea levels.

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Bruce Rimell: Sparkling Isolation

Bruce Rimell is an internationally-exhibited visual artist, poet and independent researcher, based in Leeds-Bradford in the UK, who works principally with visionary, ethnographic, archaeological and cognitive themes. His art occupies a liminal space between painting, drawing and illustration, with holistic imagery springing from smooth moving lines, fragmented anatomies and vivid stylised forms. These multiple elements are imagistically combined to create a sense of experiential depth and hyperactive visual engagement towards a single artistic aim: Beyond-The-Self Exploration.

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Jay Goldberg: When The Buildings Cheered

After six years in the world of politics, followed by 15 years as a sports agent, Jay Goldberg founded Bergino, a creative design studio. He then opened the Bergino Baseball Clubhouse, a unique gallery/shop/event space, located in a Greenwich Village NYC landmark building. A graduate of NYU and New York Law School, Jay’s creative designs have been featured in retail stores, catalogs, art galleries and museums throughout the world, such as the Museum of Arts and Design, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Colette Paris, and Paul Smith.

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Jacqui Gallon: Bursary #7 update

Jacqui Gallon used her CuratorSpace bursary to help fund initial research into the photogram process as part of a series of visual responses to a collection of Edwardian baby clothes owned by a local wealthy landowning family. Her aim was to use the power of photography, more specifically the early camera-less technique of the photogram, to reflect on the past and trace the residual presence of a family living over a century ago. Artistic influences include the Australian artist, Anne Ferran who uses photography to retrieve 'historical narratives that have been neglected in order to afford them a visual status'.

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Ruby Coupe: Dotty Delightful Art Club

Ruby Coupe is a self-employed artist and empowerment coach and completed her BA in Fine Art during lockdown. Her visual art practice explores eco-activism, the Anthropocene and urban sprawl, but she also loves to empower others, and support them through whatever they need personally, creatively and in business.

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