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Althea Wynne Bursary Announced

The Althea Wynne bursary for a sculptor to commission professional photographs of their work was awarded to Olivia Clifton Bligh in January 2014 at a private view at Pound Arts in Corsham.

The judges felt Olivia’s work demonstrates real artistic rigour. They liked the fact that overall there was a progression of work from the traditional but finely executed bronze long dogs, to a more unconventional approach using screws to convey a real sense of menace in a pair of bronze crows. Olivia also chose to display work in progress of a lion and bee using cardboard as the basis for the foundry mould. Outlining the story behind this piece and giving a sense of the time involved in the process of making work for casting in bronze made this display of considerable interest to the viewer. Overall the judges felt the submission was that of an artist with a well-developed technique, a strong artistic sensibility and with ideas still to be realised.

A special prize was also announced for the runner-up Jeff Pigott. The judges felt his was an immensely stimulating and thought provoking display. It is wholly contemporary and experimental, both qualities which the judges liked. All of the judges liked the surface texture effects of the paper forms and commented especially on the contrast between their immensity and their fragility. Jeff’s second piece ‘the road to nowhere’ was also considered to have enormous appeal with each piece raising interesting questions for the viewer.

We would like to thank internationally renowned sculptor Professor Michael Pennie for his kind offer to mentor Jeff. Professor Pennie currently mentors MA and PhD students at Bath Spa University’s Corsham Court arts campus.

The judging for the award took place at the Salisbury venue of the group exhibition ‘Off the Wall’. The judges were Ruth Dresman, Althea’s daughter and a glass artist, David Jones, a ceramic artist and chair of trustees Pound Arts, Faye Perkins, Arts Development Officer, Wiltshire Council, and Patricia Rowell, garden designer and a lead organiser of the Friends of the Garden sculpture exhibitions.

All of the shortlisted artists will be invited to exhibit work either in the garden or the shop at our 2014 exhibition at West Lavington Manor.

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