Seven of the county'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 BA(Hons) Fine Art students by offering individual students a more embedded experience within a professional gallery context, through residencies and internships. An expert panel from Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange, interviewed shortlisted applicants for a number of funded professional practice opportunities at the gallery.
Students 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 10 February and 3 March 2018.
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. Olivia Brelsford-Massey, Ellie Cotton and Maya Ronchetti have 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 and February 2018.
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."
The Midas Award is delivered in partnership by South West construction firm The Midas Group, Falmouth School of Art and Newlyn Art Gallery & The Exchange and is funded by the Midas Group and Falmouth School of Art.