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Thursday Scratch Nights

Arts Bursary Awards Evening

22.11.2012
Aaron Head

Aaron Head

Dave Ronalds

Dave Ronalds

Jade Sarson

Jade Sarson

Hannah Gaunt

Hannah Gaunt

Mark Neil

Mark Neil

Urja Desai Thakore

Urja Desai Thakore

Aaron Head
Dave Ronalds
Jade Sarson
Hannah Gaunt
Mark Neil
Urja Desai Thakore

Aaron Head

Award Presentation: Arts Bursary Award

Thursday 22 November / 6 - 8pm / Free

 

Meet six local artists and crafts people from the arts bursary shortlist at a special drinks reception. MK Community Foundation Arts Bursary award celebrates the wealth of talent in our community and supports artists in taking the next step in their ambition to pursue professional careers in the arts.  

 

The three bursaries are MK Community Foundation Arts Bursary, the Adams Traditional Crafts Bursary and The Christopher Hopkinson Music Bursary


The Shortlisted Artists are:

 

Aaron Head
Is a Measurement. Was a Patient. Is a User. Was a Resident.  Is a Contributor. Was a student. Is a Collector. Was a Subscriber. Is a Reader. Was a Performer. Is a Citizen. Was a worker. Was a Traveller. Is a Walker. Was a Drunk. Was a Writer of Letters.  Is a Writer.  Is a Phone Owner. Was a Viewer.  Was a Health and Safety Assistant.  Is a Consumer. Was a Help. Was a Majority. Is a Minority. Is a Majority. Is a Runner. Is a Participant. Is a Name. Was a Part.

 

Dave Ronalds was born in Middlesex 1972, I was first of all a painter, then a musician, then a sculptor, then a writer and then an installation artist…. Music and text stuck, but objects and images just seemed to get in between myself and other people. I now produce situations, interventions and publications that I assess against social criteria and which morph in form from context to context. I also specialise in DIY culture and collaborative practices, such as the Black Dogs collective which I founded in Leeds in 2003. I am also currently completing a PhD in philosophy based around the topic of artists’ manifestoes. www.black-dogs.org

 

Jade Sarson is a Bletchley based illustrator, writer and comic artist who likes tea and old books. She graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Illustration. Her work is a fusion of British and Japanese influences, and combines digital and traditional techniques – it has been featured in Neo Magazine, Electric Bloom Webzine, and in anthologies such as Leek and Sushi and Parallel Lives. In 2012 she won 3rd place in the Japanese embassy’s Manga Jiman competition. Her current projects include the popular tea-inspired webcomic Cafe Suada, and her graphic novel Siddown!" 

 

Hannah Gaunt is an emerging visual artist who was born in Milton Keynes and returned after graduating from Birmingham Institute of Art and Design. Hannah’s artistic practice incorporates many mediums including; performance, sculpture, drawing, new media and sound-based work, which Hannah uses as a means of researching the human sense of self in relation to the idea of Otherness. She uses cheap everyday materials and crude improvised processes to create installations or performances - conveying a sense of the futility and absurdity of attempting to capture the intangible ‘thing’ that makes human beings more than just flesh and bones. 

 

Mark Niel is a performance poet with a gift of communicating with audiences of all ages. Starting out on the open mic circuit, he quickly became established as a funny and inventive writer, proving that poetry can be entertainment as well as art. In 2011 Mark was appointed as the first official Poet Laureate of Milton Keynes. As well as performing in schools, art spaces, comedy clubs and festivals, Mark runs workshops for companies and individuals with a desire to improve their written and spoken communication.  

 

Urja Desai Thakore was born in Ahmedabad, India and studied for over 20 years with India’s internationally acclaimed Kathak guru and choreographer Kumudini Lakhia, from whom she has gained an extensive traditional vocabulary with which to explore the narratives of modern society.

Urja is a dancer renowned for her love of Abhinay (Facial Expression), clear but subtle movements and technical strength. Her energetic choreographic style is highly regarded by both traditionalists and modernists alike. Urja has been teaching extensively for 8 years and has travelled all over the country leading workshops in Kathak to people young and old. She is pursuing a Masters degree in South Asian Dance and Choreography at Roehampton University. Urja is the Artistic Director of Pagrav Dance Company, which she established in 1997. 

November 2012

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