Court Barn is delighted to announce that A Level students Anna Elvins and Will Whatley are the recipients of the 2021 Bursary Award. The Bursary is awarded annually to support students’ further studies in Art and Design, whether it be for materials, travel or other related costs.
All the applicants for this year’s Award presented accomplished portfolios embracing fine art, photography and design, and after a searching interview process, Anna and Will were selected to receive the award.
Will has refined his drawing skills to a high level and produces extremely fine pen and ink studies, sometimes influenced by architecture but also embracing political and surreal issues. He shows commercial awareness and has already received a number of commissions. Will is progressing to a BA (Hons) degree in Illustration at UWE Bristol (University of the West of England) and is ambitious to create his own website with a view to pursuing a career as an illustrator.
Anna’s focus is on fine art and photography and she has been successful in embracing external competitions in addition to producing highly skilled work in her A level course. Her examination project explored the concept of mental health through referencing the ancient Japanese craft of Kintsugi, whereby broken ceramics are visibly mended with lacquer mixed with precious metals, honouring their value. Social and cultural issues are often addressed in her work. Anna has a place on the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Oxford Brookes University and is looking forward to exploring a range of disciplines before further studies leading towards a career in art and design.
Court Barn would like to congratulate all this year’s applicants on a high level of work, produced during a challenging period when studio space has often been inaccessible and communication with the dedicated staff team has been remote. We wish them success in their further studies and their future careers.
We are planning to hold an exhibition of the work of Bursary Award winners in 2022.