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The best of Welsh creative talent; ENTERTAINMENT I The Creative Wales Awards 2017/18 offers a great boost to artists with much-soughtafter funding. Rachel Mainwaring looks at this year's award winners...

HE Arts Council of Wales has announced the names of artists from across various disciplines who will receive a Creative Wales Award.

The awards, presented at an event held at Swansea's The HYST on Thursday, recognised the very best talent and potential of individual Welsh artists applying for this development opportunity.

The annual Creative Wales Awards offer up to PS25,000 to enable artists to take time to experiment, innovate and take forward their work. The aim is to develop excellence by offering a period of research and development to some of Wales' most interesting artists.

SOPHIE MCKEAND Wrexham A Shamanic Exploration of Deep Listening Sophie McKeand is an award-winning poet and the current Young People's Laureate Wales. She will use the award to expand her practice into new territory by undertaking a shamanic exploration of 'deep listening' that will see her collaborate with practitioners across Wales, England, Ireland and India.

TIM BROMAGE CardiffBlurred Histories Tim will explore the figure of the raconteur as a historian and trickster. He will use the time to investigate various oral traditions in which this figure is found, including storytelling, spoken word and music. He is thrilled to be working with a variety of performers both in the UK and abroad.

ERIC NGALLE CHARLES CardiffMigration, Memory and Trauma Eric's Creative Wales awards will help to explore and carry out extensive research on migration, memory and trauma. He intends to write five converging stories, five plays and a digital exhibition based on these themes. He will also create a film on trans-generational trauma.

ANGELA DAVIES Denbigh Tomorrow's World Angela Davies is an interdisciplinary artist working from her studio, Studio MADE, in Denbigh. Creative Wales offers Angela the opportunity to work towards experimental enquiry evolving her experiences of robotics, light and optics, underpinned by an investigation into climatebased concerns.

PAUL EMMANUEL Nant y Ffin Chapel of Hairy Flatness Paul Emmanuel's practise is catching paint in animal hair with a focus on painting, materiality and approaches to physical stuff and hybrid forms. The award will allow him time to research fine art concepts in combination with traditional craft methods to develop larger-scale works and to explore new readings of substances and techniques outside their traditional uses.

MATTEO MARFOGLIA CardiffPeople in Spaces With People Matteo is a dance artist and performer. He has danced in companies all over Europe and has been creating his own performance work for the past six years. Matteo is looking at how to bring contemporary dance out of theatre spaces and into more unconventional venues by exploring how movement can be generated through a process of responding to communities, histories and the inhabitants of particular places.

JAMES MORRIS Bwchllan, Ceredigion Turn and Face The Strange James Morris is a photographer of landscape and the built environment. The award provides creative breathing space enabling his artistic practice to explore new and more personal terrain - facilitating a period of prolonged introspection, experimentation and intellectual and imaginative enquiry.

SARA REES CardiffOculus Rex: Intimate Distance in an Age of Extended Visuality Rees' trans-disciplinary practice concerns the poetics and politics of space - investigating history, memory and consciousness in relation to place. With her Creative Wales Award, Rees will further develop her inquiry, using aerial videography and 360 video.

Incorporating psychogeography, experimental forms of writing and vocal performance, Rees aims to explore how emerging technologies of extended visuality and surveillance impact upon our consciousness and relationship to reality.

TRACY SPOTTISWOODE CardiffArt + Alchemy: Storytelling In Extended Reality (XR) Tracy is an award-winning filmmaker and writer with a background in performance and visual art. Her Creative Wales award sees her return to making her own work after many years heading up talent development for new and emerging filmmakers as BFI Network manager at Ffilm Cymru Wales. Tracy will research and develop bi-lingual narrative storytelling in extended reality (XR), combining immersive technologies (VR/360/AR/ SR and 3D sound) with live performance, sitespecific theatre, film, music and art - exploring how stories from Wales can reach international audiences.

JEREMY HUW WILLIAMS CardiffExploring Indian Vocal Improvisation, and its Impact on Western Technique Jeremy Huw Williams is a baritone of international repute. He proposes to explore Indian techniques of vocal improvisation and how they impact on his own future professional practice in a growing repertoire incorporating the fusion of Western and Eastern music. He will study Hindustani vocal music performance practice in the UK and also in India.

EXTRA AWARDS ANNOUNCED BY THE ARTS COUNCIL OF WALES Brian Ross Memorial Award Daniel Pritchard, right, and Gweni Llwyd will share the Brian Ross Memorial Award, used to encourage and support two graduating Fine Art degree students to develop their work and to further their careers. Daniel, from Amlwch, was a Fine Art student at Glyndwr University, Bangor, while Gweni, originally from Y Fron, Dyffryn Nantlle, studied Fine Art at Cardiff Metropolitan University. Both graduated in July 2017.

The Creative Wales British School at Rome Fellowship The British School at Rome is a centre in Italy supporting the full range of arts, humanities and social sciences. It is respected internationally for its Fine Arts residency programme for visual artists. Samuel Hasler will undertake the fellowship in Rome between October and December 2018.

The Eirian Llwyd Memorial Award Eirian Llwyd was a distinguished printmaker and founder of Y Lle Print Gwreiddiol. Her family has launched a memorial fund in her name to provide financial awards for new and upcoming Welsh or Wales-based artists who specialise in the medium of printmaking. The successful recipient of this award is Gethin Ceidiog Hughes from Denbigh, a graduate of Cardiff School of Art & Design.


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Date:Feb 3, 2018
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