Making Ways are working in collaboration with Sheffield Institute of Arts to deliver 10 Artist Residencies across four arts institutions for recent graduates of the Fine Art BA, Creative Art Practice BA and Fine Art MA/MFA at Sheffield Hallam University.
The Fine Art Bridge Scheme (FABS) is designed to support early career artists to nurture new talent in Sheffield. Building on the success of the S1 Artspace Bursary Programme (2010-2017), FABS is a mentoring and residency scheme specifically aimed at supporting recent graduates from the Fine Art Courses at Sheffield Institute of Art (BA and MA), allowing them to work closely with arts organisations to build their experience and confidence within the visual arts community in Sheffield.
This opportunity provides a bridge to support graduates transition from the relative security of the undergraduate or postgraduate Fine Art courses into a professional arts environment at an early stage in their professional development. By working directly with more established artists who act as mentors and with the arts organisations involved, graduates will be able to build strong relationships and develop networks across the city that could support future collaborations and create further opportunities, raising the profile of each recipient, and improving your future employability and prospects.
The residency start in October 2017 and run through to 2019, with 10 artists in residency in each year. The following artists have been selected for FABS 2017-18:
Alex Mooney & Hannah Lamb will be working with Bloc Projects. They will work with David Mcleavy; Director Bloc Projects and be supported to explore a number of avenues including gallery education programmes, curation, project management, setting up your own arts organisations or working within the voluntary sector.
Alex Phillips & Mattie Pugh will be hosted by Site Gallery who will support the artists to explore how they can work in different communities, in diverse sites, and in unusual spaces through their public outreach activities such as ‘The Society of Explorers’ and ‘On the Road’ programmes.
Alex White & Lea Torp Nielsen will work with Museums Sheffield, with artists working with the collections at Weston Park Museum and The Ruskin Collection to develop individual responses.
and Ashley Wallis, Bron Wilkinson, Norman Anderson & Ashley Pearce will be hosted by S1 Artspace.
FABS forms part of Making Ways, a new programme supported by Sheffield Culture Consortium through Arts Council England to showcase, celebrate and develop the exceptional contemporary visual art produced in the city.