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Rising Stars 2021

13 March to 22 April 2021

Rising Stars 2021

Rising Stars is a curated, national platform to foster and champion new talent, early career makers, students and graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars offers new makers a first step into the market place, through a curated, selling exhibition. It is also an exciting collector opportunity for those wishing to support and collect work by future stars.

The programme will consist of the Rising Stars exhibition that enables new makers to access the market place and collectors; professional development including knowledge transfer on topics such as pricing guidance, advice on marketing and how to gain and manage new connections, and a catalogue to act as a promotional tool for the selected makers. The 2021 focus will be on supporting new makers in the post COVID-19 market place.

Following an open call, 20 makers of exceptional talent were selected from nearly 100 applicants. They are Deborah Beck, Alice Burnhope, Alessandra Centorbi, Hari Gordon, Jo Harrison-Hall, Katie Iacovou, Qiang Li, Janet Lines, Chloe McCarrick, Jayden Newman, Mark Newman, Marged Owain, Porter + Trundle, Laura Quinn, Irene Roca Moracia, Bronte Simpson-Little, Sydney Alts, Paul Wheeler, Jean White and Jessie White.

The makers were selected by a panel of judges; Dan Goode (Making Goode), Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts, Textiles) and Debra Allman (UCA, Jewellery, Ceramics & Glass).

One of the makers will be presented a professional development award of £500 and a solo exhibition at New Ashgate in 2022.

Rising Stars 2021 is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts and Dan Goode of Making Goode. It is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.

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Niamh Duddy, Winner of Rising Stars Award 2020: Niamh Duddy
Mitch Pilkington, Winner of Rising Stars Award 2019: Mitch Pilkington


Marged Owain

Nain Gaerwen - Blue


Ref: 108420

8.5 x 10 cms


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Marged Owain

Marged's work translates traditional craft values into new vernacular artefacts that explore making and narratives. The context of her creative practice focuses on richness of Welsh culture, heritage and language. She collects objects to capture information about past and present. Historical objects of the family are valuable to the artist, such as her grandmother's butter making utensils, and her great grandfathers slate carving tools. By referring to these objects in her making Marged creates a personal response to their context and its history. Using the medium of glass, the unpredictable nature of the material allows the artist to experiment to create pieces with a narrative incorporating the Welsh language. Marged uses objects that she has collected and inherited as a starting point for her work, and then evaluates them by experimenting and challenging boundaries in glass through using text.

Marged's research is based on the old folk-art traditions such as of slate carving and wood turning. The aim is to combine the artwork of traditional Welsh craftsmen with glass in order to represent the fragility and preciousness of these traditions (both visual & cultural) in modern day society. By doing this Marged tries to raise awareness of the demise of these traditional Welsh crafts and give further recognition to the folk art traditions of Wales. Marged believes that sharing culture, history and language is essential in order to better understand our own traditions (Celtic & English), within a national context, and how they influence creativity.

Marged is based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

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