We are delighted to present the three shortlisted artists for the 2020 VAS : Inches Carr Mentoring Award. The purpose is to encourage and mentor makers to develop their practice to a higher level, consider innovation and introducing new materials or techniques to their existing practise. The award is £5000 for a maker, plus an additional £2000 for a mentor whose discipline and/or professional experience would add value to the winners practise. This year’s selection of makers represents a collection of artists all of whom have reached pivotal points in their careers. Whether trying to make the leap from ‘designer’ to ‘maker’, update well practised but superseded methods, or progress a skill set that is otherwise unachievable, we felt that all of the selected makers would benefit greatly from the guidance and knowledge of an experienced mentor in their chosen field.
Our three shortlisted artists will exhibit their work at SSA & VAS OPEN alongside the project that resulted from the previous award in January 2019. Highland duo Yellow Broom have been working with ceramicist Myer Halliday to expand their material and introduce cast ceramic elements to their body of architectural inspired lighting. Faceted block shapes in translucent Parian porcelain are inspired by the unique architectural landscape of Reykjavik, stemming from Clare and Dave’s time in Iceland with Emergents and XPO North. Working together on the design practicalities and aesthetics of a series of surface standing parian light blocks they are striving to convey YBs vision of clean, precise, flat angled surfaces, utilizing Myers own clean and minimal aesthetic, and his vast knowledge and expertise of the material.