Ian Chance, Director of MA in Creative Entrepreneurship, University of East Anglia
It has been a very fulfilling experience undertaking a mentoring programme for the highly talented Artists participating in the Clyde& Co Art Award. The programme has been well received and has proved of immediate value in addressing the very considerable challenges of sustaining a creative practice following graduation. Sessions offer individual support to the students in discussions about their creative ideas, aims, objectives and provides help in shaping their future plans with the addition of group seminars on professional practice.
Jessica Piggott 2014 Artist
I am grateful for this opportunity to showcase my work, it was a great encouragement that helped provide me with a supportive foundation to continue making work and thriving as an artist
Miriam Forster 2014 Winner of The Clyde & Co Art Prize
“I graduated with quite a poor degree and my confidence as an artist was low. I found university a challenge, it was an amazing learning curve, but I found it hard.
Being selected by Clyde&Co to exhibit was fantastic. Winning the award was unbelievable. It gave me self belief and has spurred me on to make work for other organisations and festivals since. The money has allowed me the freedom to pursue a freelance career and also to begin an MA this coming September.
I will be ever grateful and forever in disbelief!”
Alexander Devereux 2014 Artist
“This support has spurred me on after graduating in June. It has provided me with the spring board I needed to pursue my own passion without hesitation or querying what I am doing and why am I doing it? In essence I have been supported at the right time and in the right way”
I was impressed by the careful research, selection process, generous awards. Very interesting work, well displayed and young artists given a real boost.
Sophie Hayles Whitechapel Gallery
The project is a fantastic initiative – seeing young talent supported in such a positive way and with such commitment from Clyde Staff.
Barbara Tong 2010 Winner
I sincerely appreciate the opportunity I was given when I first graduated. The Clyde & Co Art Awards not just gave me confidence but, more importantly, inspired me to set up my own project supporting sculptors.
Emily Motto 2014 Winner of The Blank Canvas Wall Commission
“The commission at Clyde & Co allowed me the exciting opportunity to make work at a much bigger scale, and for a specific space and audience.
It’s given me invaluable experience in organising and handling the practicalities of making such a large work – from the initial gathering of materials and work with sponsorship, to the upkeep and maintenance of a fragile and changeable piece in a workplace.
It’s been a really great introduction to making work in this type of environment, and a really exciting process seeing it develop from my first prototypes and experiments!”
Molly-Clare O’Donnell 2012 Winner
The Clyde & Co Award is a fantastic scheme. I’m not sure I’d be where I am today, a practising artist without [it]. The pro bono legal advice, business mentoring and showcasing and promotion of our works was invaluable. I will never be able to thank Clyde & Co enough for giving me this foothold, a real chance to pursue my passions in Art.
Dr Lois Rowe Programme Director, Wimbledon College of Art
There is much expectation, confusion and consequential exploitation during the first months and years of graduation. For the emerging artists, being involved in a scheme that safely springboards them into the professional world during the transitional phase is a welcomed and valued opportunity for them and the UAL. We want our students to succeed. This project genuinely helps them towards establishment of their identity as artists. We are thrilled to be a part of this project.
Andrien Vouillot 2013 Winner
Winning the Clyde & Co Arts Award had a tangible effect on my practise as it allowed me to continue producing artworks after graduating, which I believe was a real opportunity. I would like to emphasise on this because I realised that many of my schoolmates did not have sufficient funds to produce any work after leaving college, especially when one lives in London. The prize from this award meant I could finance my study at the Royal College of Art from September … [It] encouraged me to continue my way in the Art World with more confidence.
Abi Freckleton 2013 Winner of the Blank Canvas Competition
Winning this competition boosted my confidence at a crucial point in my career. It helped me secure my first small solo show in London as well as a residency in Germany. The financial support helped me to secure a studio and this has been imperative for the continued development of my practise and ideas. The experience of working on a commissioned piece has brought significant learnings that will inform my future choices for how I want to engage with commercial organisations, and in what ways my practise is suitable for the non-gallery sectors of the art market.
Gaurab Thakali 2014 Artist
As, a graduating artist, it can be daunting to start off, and having a little bit of support and guidance can mean a lot. The art award was very helpful in terms of exposing works of the graduates and providing us with masterclasses too. It has also opened up whole new opportunities of work and meeting new people..