The Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust 2014/15 Art Scholarship with Mercury Bay Area School wrapped up today with a presentation to Year 13 student Emily Boswell.
The Scholarship programme, a new initiative for the MBAET, is in it’s second year and gives support and encouragement to young emerging artists, allowing them to progress to the next level of professional artistic development.
Emily was announced as the recipient at the Mercury Bay Area School prize giving in November 2014 .
A major part of her prize was the opportunity to observe and learn different techniques and skills from her selection of member artists. She attended workshops by Whitianga artists; Ian Calloway, where she gained an in depth look into colours, hot, cold, opaque and transparent and Wendy Walls who encouraged the idea of allowing a painting to direct you rather than completely shape the painting yourself. Ellen Jackson demonstrated her use of natural pigments and creating natural paint from different types of soil for colour and texture. Sally Samins from Hot Water beach showed Emily how she creates texture in her work using different mediums and paint to create her abstract paintings.
Emily also attended a Professional Practice workshop for artists facilitated by well-known artist Carole Shepheard. All of these sessions have helped her build her confidence and given her a new insight into skills developed and practised by professional artists.
Part of her prize was to observe and assist the curation of the annual ‘Taste of the Tour ‘Showcase exhibition at Hot Waves Café as part of the March 2015 Open Studio Tour and she will exhibit a work as part of the exhibition alongside members in 2016
Emily was presented with selected package of artist quality materials and a scholarship information booklet complied by the MBAET to help with her future endeavours.
Emily has gained valuable skills, knowledge and experience from the programme and says “It was interesting to see how the artists history and life experiences influenced their art style. It was also great for me that so many of the Art Escape artist were willing to share their experiences and were very open about their art.”
“The support of the Mercury Bay Art Escape Trust in growing and supporting the development of artistic talent within the school is remarkable. We greatly appreciate their support and look forward to their continued engagement with our senior students” said Mercury Bay Area School Principal John Wright.
The Trust acknowledges the support from Pub Charity to the Scholarship programme.
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