The Scholarship programme is in its third year and gives support and encouragement to young emerging artists, allowing them to progress to the next level of professional artistic development.

Joseph and Rene were announced as the recipients at the Mercury Bay Area School prizegiving in November 2015.

Part of their prize was the opportunity to observe and learn different techniques and skills from member artists.

Both Rene and Joseph attended workshops by Whitianga artist Ian Calloway, where they gained an understanding of colour, space and depth. They also attended drawing classes by Whitianga artist Charlotte Giblin who encouraged them to notice details before drawing.

Paula McNeill taught Joseph the importance of expressing what comes from within. Joseph gained an understanding of In-Design software from Whitianga artist Raewyn Helms-Davis. Rene attended classes by Kuaotunu artist Carolyn Milbank learning the basics of using resin and clay and Ginney Deavoll from Hahei where she practised different methods of painting skies and landscapes.

Both attended a professional practise workshop for artists facilitated by well-known artist Matt Gauldie.

“We are pleased to provide these students with the opportunity to gain valuable skills and experience to take them to the next step of their artistic journey and give them an understanding of the life of a working artist,” said MBAET Chairman Stuart Christie.

Part of their prize was to observe and assist with curation of the annual Taste of the Tour’ Exhibition at Hot Waves Caf as part of the March 2016 Open Studio Tour. They each will exhibit a work as part of the exhibition alongside members in 2017.

Joseph and Rene were presented with an art voucher and scholarship information booklet complied by the MBAET.

The Trust acknowledges the support of Pub Charity to the Scholarship programme.

Source: Bay of Plenty Times

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