Community Arts

Bryan Harris Bursary 2019

(Report as appeared in Derby Telegraph Tuesday July 16 2019)

Three Derby College Group (DCG) art and design students have won bursaries from the Arts Society Derby to support their move into higher education.

UAL Art Foundation diploma student Grace Hamilton has won £400, and £100 has been awarded each to Chloe Burton and Zainab Hussein. Members of Arts Society Derby judged entries from five students at Joseph Wright post-16 Academic and Arts College after they were shortlisted for the annual Bryan Harris Bursary award, named after the society’s founder and former Chairman who died four years ago.

Grace Hamilton with judges (from L to R) Liz Harris, Vikki Fitt and Jenny Jaggers

Grace, 19, from Derby impressed the judges with paintings of her siblings, celebrating natural hair. She said: ‘I wanted to celebrate just how beautiful natural hair is and that it is part of our individual identities. The pieces took about four weeks of solid work. I was very surprised but delighted to have won the bursary. It will certainly help to buy materials for my Fine Art degree course at De Montfort University.’

Chloe Burton

Chloe, 18, of Swanwick created a multi-media piece challenging people to break from routine and Zainab, 19, of Derby created a collection of reptilian Fabergé eggs.

Zainab Hussein

Vikki Fitt, of Arts Society Derby, said: ‘The standard was particularly high this year so we decided to divide the second place bursary between two of the students.’

Markeaton School Mosaics

In 2018 Vikki Fitt, the Society’s Community Arts representative, worked with local artist Roz Beeson over the course of several months on a creative project with 60 Year 2 pupils at Markeaton Primary School, Derby. The plan was to create mosaics for the school’s wildlife area, on the theme of minibeasts. The children came up with the ideas and drawings, and then learned the process of mosaic making to produce around 25 items based on their own designs, working in teams with Roz. They were extremely enthusiastic about the project and enjoyed acquiring a range of new skills.