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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
Steel mesh & construction materials
35 x 47 x 35 cms
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Irene's work critiques the way of producing and consuming architecture in European countries, from the point of view of sustainability and social inclusion. Contemporary Ruins are the visible part of the overproduction in the construction industries. The European economy, organized in the form of a chain market, overproducing at all stages: from the constant creation and discard of construction materials, to producing spaces that do not support the rapidly changing real needs of users. Irene has researched this and makes use of legal grey zones to obtain materials in perfect condition to underpin her collection.
Irene proposes a series of 'recipes' to create domestic solutions. Irene combines formal structure and informal adaptation through up-cycled construction materials to create domestic solutions. They illustrate how sustainability is a matter of operations and behaviours not merely a matter of architectural design and technology. Irene believes that the scale in which we play with furniture pieces in domestic interiors allows us to test complex ideas around sustainability and social issues in a faster and more dynamic way than architecture. Irene projects her future working with spaces generated by overproduction crisis expanding experimentation in domestic spaces.
Irene is based in London.