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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
Borosilicate glass & silicone
28 x 19 x 19 cms
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Laura is an Irish glass maker and designer and creates interactive glass pieces using a combination of traditional skills and new digital design technologies. Laura's work comes from a material-led research practice. The outputs of her practice are human-centred and place glass closely within the user experience to challenge perceived restraints of the material. This is evident in her sculptures which encourage the audience to touch and squeeze the glass. The proposed work is a series of three glass and mixed media sculptures that play on the fragility of glass by making it flexible and highly tactile. Flop Vessel II and Flop Vessel III are soft glass forms which will be made using striking transparent black glass, gold leaf and water jet cut silicone. The modular forms in this work are inspired by Albert Camus's philosophical writings on the myth of Sisyphus. Sisyphus was doomed for eternity to roll a boulder up a mountain only for it to roll back down again. Camus theorises that as humans we hope that Sisyphus is happy, because we hope that we too will find fulfilment in daily, menial activities. This body of work explores this by creating seemingly unsubstantial glass components that come together to create greater and beautiful pieces of work.
Laura is based in Surrey.