The winner of the 2013 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary is artist, photographer, sculptor and film maker Aaron McPeake.
In 2002, McPeake had to abandon a long career in stage lighting design due to the loss of most of his eyesight and returned to arts education and practice on a full time basis. He received a first class Honours Degree in Arts, Design and Environment from Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (2005).
McPeake works with numerous media from bronze casting to film, photography and sound. His work places emphasis on the possibility for many types of readings and he views the process of making artwork as akin to writing poetry - where the visual imagination is integral to both its making and reception.
He has received a number of private and public art and design commissions and has exhibited widely since 1997. In 2011 he won the Cass Sculpture Prize with his bell bronze works: Some Cuts Resonate and in 2013 McPeake was commissioned by Camden Arts Centre, London.
Aaron Mcpeake, ARMB 2013 winner says:
‘To win the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013 and this residency prize at Spike Island is of course a fantastic honour and opportunity. Having the space and resources to produce my own work in a world class, creative environment, is something that artists only dream about. My excitement and enthusiasm is only tempered by thoughts of the other candidates who were not successful. I have no doubt that having made it onto the shortlist, all of the finalists would have been committed to making the residency a landmark event in their lives and careers. However, as I am the one who has had fortune shine upon me on this occasion, I endeavour to make this something that Shape, Spike Island, and myself will be able to refer to in the future with considerable pride. It is not only a tough call but also a great motivator to create work that is of a quality fitting to the memory of Adam Reynolds.’
Marie-Anne McQuay, Curator for Spike Island and selection panellist commented:
‘Having hosted the Adam Reynold’s Memorial Bursary Residency in 2010, Spike Island has maintained a close working relationship with both Shape and the 2010 recipient Aaron Williamson ever since. We are delighted that this opportunity has once more returned to our organisation and that, from an exceptionally strong short list, Aaron McPeake has been chosen as the ARMB resident in 2014. We look forward to hosting him in the new year and supporting three months of research and production.’
Tony Heaton, Shape CEO and selection panelist commented:
‘The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary fully supports our philosophy here at Shape: the full participation of disabled people into arts & culture. Our winner this year Aaron McPeake is building up an impressive practice and body of work. Having a sculptor winning the ARMB this year adds another interesting dimension to a bursary that has resulted in such a diverse group of artists. I think Aaron will have a real impact a tSpike Island and I know they will give him a tremendous reception and opportunity!’
Aaron McPeake will receive £5,000 and engage in a three month residency at the contemporary arts venue, Spike Island, in Bristol.
Tony Heaton - CEO Shape
Rob Kesseler - Professor of Ceramic Art & Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, University of the Arts, London
Marie-Anne McQuay - Curator, Spike Island
Simon Raven - Artist (2012 AMRB Winner)
Shape Website: www.shapearts.org.uk
Shape Twitter: @ShapeArts
Shape Facebook: ShapeArts