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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
recyclied silver & plastic
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Deborah's sustainable contemporary jewellery designs incorporate recycled metals and waste materials. Her collections have an environmental conscious and a clean and distinctive style. Her debut work, Mangrove Co2llection explores themes of Carbon capture and protection and is inspired by issues of global warming following a kayak trip through the mangrove forests of Guadeloupe. In Plasticity, her latest work, Deborah recycles and reforms entirely by hand the single-use plastic litter she has collected on her daily dog walks along the river. She cuts, shapes and refines this repurposed raw material and positions it within sculptural recycled metal structures, creating colourful wearable art pieces that are directly inspired by the straight lines of human industry. Her work responds to pertinent global concerns and the effect of human activity on the planet with dramatic visual references and an urban aesthetic, yet remains ultimately wearable, oscillating in an intriguing interspace somewhere between the familiar and the unconventional. Her collections and 'slow-craft' practice actively engage with the wider debate surrounding sustainability, notions of preciousness and waste in the design and jewellery industry and the movement towards a circular economy.
Deborah is based in West Yorkshire.