I was selected for the WSA Bursary offered by Chapel Arts Studios (CAS) in Andover and the Winchester School of Art. I was the Artist in Resident from September 2014 until March 2015, during which I was able to participate in much more than just working in a school.
The residency gave me a chance to work closely among other artists (all at varying stages of their career) at regular studio meetings as well as David Dixon and Yonat Nitzan-Green who were the other resident artists at the time. It helped me to develop contacts with TVAF and I was asked to film behind the scenes, interview audience members/ students/ teachers experience in the project and edit for ‘And Now We Tell Our Tale’ as an overview of the positive outcomes.
As Artist In Resident at CAS I was also given the chance to gain experience in a number of co-creative projects, mainly the ‘Who are the CAS artists?’ research project, and there were many other opportunities for upcoming projects like the Bus of Many Things, and the shop. As I am currently in Australia for a year I can’t work as closely on these projects. I have also had access to opportunities for paid work and training in Arts Award.
CAS and the Test Valley Arts Foundation believe strongly in artists being paid for their work and I found this when helping ‘And Now We Tell Our Tale’ and also when I sent off a proposal for another project when I was offered advice on how much I should be paid.
Being part of CAS has given me valuable experience in the professional world after university, which wouldn’t have been possible without the WSA Bursary which funded my 6 month residency.