11 July 2017

Midas Award supports Cornwall’s best young artists

Seven of Cornwall’s most promising young art students have been announced as winners of the Midas Award 2017 – providing them with an invaluable opportunity of working with professional curators and artists on series of residencies, commissions and gallery internships.

Now in its eleventh year, The Midas Award has been redesigned to focus its support for students on Falmouth University’s BA(Hons) Fine Art course by offering individual students a more embedded experience within a professional gallery context, through residencies and internships. It is delivered in partnership by South West construction firm The Midas Group, Falmouth School of Art at Falmouth University and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and is funded by the Midas Group and Falmouth School of Art.

An expert panel from Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, interviewed shortlisted applicants for a number of funded professional practice opportunities at the gallery.

The candidates were vying for three residencies at Newlyn Art Gallery and one exhibition interpretation guide commission for graduating students and three work experience internships designed for students during their second year of study.

Bronwen Anwyl, Rachael Coward and Robert Ive were each awarded a week-long residency as part of Newlyn Art Gallery’s annual artist programme, Structures, taking place between February 10 and March 3, 2018. 

Structures is a three week exhibition and residency, bringing together a group of international artists alongside a schedule of public talks, debates, presentations, workshops and screenings. The three students will receive artists’ fees, plus travel and accommodation bursaries and support from curatorial staff at Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange.

Rachael Coward was also awarded the opportunity to devise and design an exhibition interpretation guide to accompany the Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange 2017 summer exhibition; ‘Family Think & Do’. A fee and printing costs will be provided, along with support from Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange Learning and Participation staff. The commission will offer Rachael a real opportunity to contribute to the gallery’s interpretation programme.

Olivia Brelsford-Massey, Ellie Cotton and Maya Ronchetti have also been selected for three work experience internships in their second year of study. They will assist the gallery’s curatorial and learning staff to deliver the Structures residencies in January/ February 2018.

Martin Bailey, Pre-Construction Manager for Midas, said: “Midas has long been a champion of Cornwall’s unique and valuable creative and cultural art scene. We are delighted to continue to support inspiring young artists based in Cornwall and to help them to get a foot on the ladder towards a successful career.”

Dr Ginny Button, Director of The Falmouth School of Art, said: “I’m delighted with the new-look Midas Award. We’re grateful to the team at Newlyn for offering our graduating Fine Art students a step change experience through participation in their highly successful residency programme. The new internships also offer current students an insider’s view of what it’s like to work in a professional, contemporary art organisation. Midas has been very involved in helping us redesign the Award this year, keeping it relevant for students working now, and we appreciate their enlightened approach and continuing commitment. Making the transition into the professional world is tough for emerging artists so real opportunities such as these are invaluable.”

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