The financial support of the award has enabled me to keep my studio at SET in Woolwich, continue to make work on a large scale, and invest in new pigments and materials that I had wanted to introduce for a while. This has helped me to develop a new body of work where I’ve been able to take the time to make new smaller works. I've had a phenomenal response to these new smaller sculptures, some of which hang on the wall, and I have sold quite a lot which I have never done before.
In May I was also invited to take part in ‘Lost in a Just in Time Supply Chain’ curated by Josh C Wright and Hypha Studios, at the former Peacocks in Catford. I’ve also been able to take the time to start adapting my work for the outdoors, as I have aspirations of creating public artworks and pushing the scale of my work.
This summer I’ve been working on an outdoor commission during a residency at the Merz Barn Project in Elterwater, Lake District. The exhibition is part of the 75th Anniversary of the Merz Barn, in Elterwater, the last studio of the German artist Kurt Schwitters. The exhibition is on show until the end of November.
Would you recommend applying for the Award? Yes, I say anything goes, be big and bold and show your best work, whatever is unique to you. It was an event I will remember for the rest of my life!