Photography training and development agency Rhubarb-Rhubarb works to introduce photographers at different stages of their careers to those who can provide opportunities for future commissions, exhibitions and publications. The Rhubarb-Rhubarb Bursary Scheme, run in partnership Arts Council West Midlands, is now in its second year and open to photographers who are interested in where documentary, commercial and fine art practices merge or cross over.
In early April the judges met to decide the winners of the ‘Hungry’ Bursary Awards 2010 from the 120 applications received, with LCC students from BA and MA Photography scooping four of the seven category prizes available. The award winning students in question are: Kelly Hill, Zhao Renhui, Marcia Michael and overall winner Julia Curtin.
Speaking of his experience Renhui says: “Rhubarb-Rhubarb is one of the most established photography agencies in the United Kingdom and its portfolio reviews are one of the best in the world. Getting selected for this bursary means that your work stands a great chance of being seen.”
Kelly adds: “I was really surprised to be selected. I see so much challenging and interesting work at LCC that it often makes me doubt my own abilities as both an artist and a photographer. However, to be recognised alongside artists that I respect is a real honour and something that gives me greater confidence in the work that I am producing.”
“Rhubarb-Rhubarb is a forward thinking organisation providing concrete advice for emerging artists. I have watched the careers of photographers who have been nurtured by Rhonda and her team and it is amazing what they have achieved in the UK and overseas. “
Their work is now on show at the Rhubarb East Gallery, Birmingham till the 21 August. The winners also received exhibition prints and will exhibit at the Flowers Gallery, London between 9 September – 9 October 2010.
- From Series: In the cities, by Kelly Hill
Images by Zhao Renhui and Kelly Hill respectively.
Words by Adam Hayes.