‘Untitled’ Plaster, Wood by Maarten van den Bos
Chelsea College of Art and Design would like to express its deep gratitude to the Stanley Picker Trust for continuing its Postgraduate Bursaries support for the 2011-2012 academic year, providing a grant of £6,500. The bursaries have provided valuable assistance for last year’s two recipients, Maarten van den Bos and Katriona Beales, enabling them to focus on their work without financial distraction or fear of increasing debt.
Maarten van den Bos says he would not have been able to pay his tuition fee and start the MA Fine Art course at Chelsea without the financial support of the Stanley Picker Trust Bursary. His work, encompasses painting and sculpture, and focuses on expressive manipulation of the human form. This has flourished during the year and made a strong impression at the MA Show. He now has a studio at Wimbledon Art Studios, where he is taking part in an Open Studios event on 22-25 November. Martin commented:
The course has given me a broad perspective on the possible directions in which my work can develop and a greater awareness of the size and diversity of the art world.
Katriona Beales is a mature student who would not have been able to pursue her postgraduate studies without the assistance of the Stanley Picker Trust Bursary. Her work explores the physical, aesthetic and mental experience of using computers, telecommunications devices, and the internet. She has taken full advantage of the opportunities of the course to extend her networks with art institutions in the UK and abroad, and has been successful in applying for awards which will support her work into the future. Katriona said:
The MA Fine Art course at Chelsea has opened up many opportunities to me and I would not have been in a position to undertake it without the generous support of the Stanley Picker Trust.
Eleanor Bradford is the newly selected Stanley Picker Trust Bursary recipient for the academic year 2012-2013. Eleanor showed real promise and ability and the bursary will provide her with much-needed financial assistance to develop her work. She has progressed from Chelsea’s Postgraduate Diploma, where her video and performance-based work has impressed her tutors. The bursary support has made a real difference in making it possible for her to continue her studies.
I have been able to cut down my hours at work so I can fully focus on my studies and invest money into better equipment, a video camera to document my work more effectively. The award has also given me confidence to keep going and improving my development.
Over five years the Stanley Picker Trust Bursaries have helped 11 students to overcome financial disadvantage and pursue their artistic careers.
Read more about this bursary.