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Freelands Painting Fellowship winners announced

Friday, 12 March, 2021

Bath Spa BA (Hons) Fine Art 2010 graduate Will Kendrick is celebrating as he has been chosen as the University of Brighton’s first Freelands Painting Fellow.

As part of the new two-year pilot fellowship which was launched by the Freelands Foundation to help emerging artists develop their practice, Bath Spa University will welcome Catherine Parsonage as its fellow.

Through the initiative, Will and Catherine will receive:

  • A studio space on-site at the host university.
  • Support from an experienced member of the fine art teaching staff.
  • Experience of working with fine art students, which could include participating in the delivery of group critics, seminars, tutorials, workshops, and lectures as negotiated with your mentor.
  • A solo exhibition at the host university.
  • £20,000 honorarium to support living costs and materials.
  • A group exhibition at the Freelands Foundation Gallery, London including a publication.
  • Access to workshops and fabrication spaces.

The fellowships supported and developed by Freelands Foundation will provide a unique opportunity for emerging painters to engage with art schools, working alongside painting and fine art students while developing their own practice.

Dr Natasha Kidd, Course Leader for Fine Art at Bath Spa University said: “We’re delighted to welcome our first Freelands Painting Fellow to the Bath School of Art. We were overwhelmed by the quality of the applicants who came from Manchester School of Art and Brighton, and we’re looking forward to working with Catherine Parsonage over the next year.”

“We are also excited that one of our alumni, Will Kendrick, will be spending the year at the University of Brighton as their Freelands Painting Fellow,” she added.

Catherine graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2013. She was awarded the 2016 Sainsbury Scholarship at the British School at Rome, followed by a residency at Castro Projects, Rome.

Talking about her achievement, Catherine said: “I am very excited and grateful to begin the Freelands Painting Fellowship in 2021. I look forward to working amongst the staff and students at Bath Spa University and becoming part of this dynamic, creative community.”

The Freelands Foundation was set up in 2015 to give an increased number of people the chance to engage with and enjoy the arts in the UK, with a particular focus on education. Its ambition is to give everyone access to a creative and cultural education in the belief that it raises their aspirations and transforms their opportunities in life. For more information, visit The Freelands Foundation website.

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