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 Young 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.

Bryan Harris Bursary 2018

(Report as appeared in Derby Telegraph Monday July 23 2018)

Two Derby College Art & Design students have won bursaries from the Arts Society Derby to support their move into higher education.
UAL Art Foundation Diploma students Lauren Jones and Georgia Brown have won £400 and £200 respectively after being shortlisted for the annual Bryan Harris Bursary award – named after the society’s late founder and chairman.
Lauren, 19, from Alvaston impressed the judges with her artwork showing the different attitudes to crime in Amsterdam and the UK such as the laws around cannabis and prostitution.

She said “I was inspired to create these pieces highlighting cultural differences when I visited Amsterdam. The planning took more time than the actual creative work but I am really pleased with the results and was over the moon when it was chosen as the bursary winner”.
Lauren went to Derby College from Derby Moor Academy, initially on a level two art and design programme, and has progressed through to the foundation course over four years. She has secured a place to study fine art at the University of Sheffield.

Georgia,19, from Somercotes created a board game entitled Escape from Mars which was inspired by the Matt Damon film The Martian – with players able to win different items to ensure their survival on the planet.

Georgia studied A-levels at Swanick Hall school and is now going to the University of Lincoln to study graphic design.

Members of the Arts Society Derby judged entries from five students at the Joseph Wright Campus Art and Design Facility. Vikki Fitt, Young Arts representative at the Arts Society Derby, said: “We have awarded a bursary every year for more than twenty years to a Derby College student to support them in their university studies. We were particularly impressed with the students’ creative interpretation of their subjects and we wish them all the best of luck in their future studies”.