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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
Jean is a designer-maker working in ceramics. An experienced professional illustrator, she now uses her illustration skills to carve and model her drawings into clay. She makes her own plaster moulds and slip casts each piece in either porcelain or parian clay. Jean references the traditional processes employed in Wedgwood's Jasperware, combining sprigged work with clean contemporary shapes.
A keen birdwatcher, Jean is aware of the decline in some British bird species since she was a child in the 1960s. She works to raise awareness of the conservation status of Red List British bird species. Jean's images rely on the visual similarity of fossils to the low relief of ceramics sprigs, creating a metaphor for the threat to our native birds' existence.
The pieces in this exhibition are part of a body of work entitled 'Future Fossils'. They demonstrate different approaches to expressing the extinction threat to British birds. The small skylark vases depict a British Red List species, the white feather vase uses fossil like feathers as an emblem of all birds and the medium vases present a Dodo, a symbol of bird extinction together with current threatened species.
Jean is based in Cheshire.