Saturday, 14 July 2012

Winner of the jotta Award 2012: Jack Harris

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the jotta Award 2012 is Jack Harris.

From a selection of eight students (short listed by Jo Melvin and Bernice Donszelmann) Jack was chosen as the winner by jotta curators Ellie Greig and Dave Charlesworth.

jotta is a platform for artists and designers founded in partnership with the University of the Arts London. jotta creates opportunities for emerging artists to apply their skills and develop their practice.

The jotta Award offers Jack the opportunity to showcase a moving image piece exclusively on The final piece will be exclusively exhibited in the jotta homepage for a period of time during Frieze week. In addition, Jack will have the opportunity to have his work realised as an addition for Jotta Editions Space. 

Pictures of Jack's work for his degree show can be seen below alongside his film, Episodes. 

Winner of Chelsea Arts Club Trust Voucher 2012: Anna Cooke-Yarborough

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Chelsea Arts Club Trust voucher money is Anna Cooke-Yarborough.

From a selection of sixteen students, Anna was chosen by six students on the Chelsea Student Awards panel.

The Chelsea Arts Club Trust was set up in 1990 founded by the members of The Chelsea Arts Club in order to help support and encourage the education of art and design and to provide help for artists and designers. The trust provides a range of bursaries, scholarships and awards and indeed supports our other award, the Acme Studio Award. The trust is an independent charity relying totally on donations.

Due to problems with communication on Jessops side the trust voucher has been changed to being a £500 bursary to be spent solely at Jessops.

Pictures of Anna's work for her degree show can be seen below, along with other works.

'My concern surrounds the way in which the human species and other species inhabit the same planet. Other species are inescapable and yet progressively distant. They find their way into histories of film, technology, science, design, and many of our industrial pursuits and yet are increasingly compromised in real terms. I feel that the unease that accompanies a growing dissociation is somewhat to do with the ambiguity and haunting nature of the relationships set up. The boundaries built up between humans and other species are less and less navigable, sometimes extinguished, but there is also no cease to the persistent reconstruction and manipulation of animals.

Recently I have been observing zoo and natural history museum environments, exploring what the development of these institutions represents about our altering relationship with other species. Relating to the idea of conservation and the incongruous context of seeing things cultivated or reproduced within an artificial space. I hope in future to focus on more specific encounters: concentrating on the decline of a particular species, and involving a delve into the historical placement of the species alongside humans. I also hope to look into particular ‘weedy species’ (those animals that live well in human dominated environments), observing how we have come to co-inhabit urban environments. Moreover considering encounters involved, which often carry their own sense of uneasiness as these species have emerged beside us outside of any precise human selection.'

Anna Cooke-Yarborough, 2012

Monday, 2 July 2012

Winner of the Afterall Award 2012: Mario D'Agostino

We are delighted to announce that the winner of the Afterall Award 2012 is Mario D'Agostino.

From a selection of seven students, Mario was chosen by a panel from Afterall including publishing director for Afterall, Caroline Woodley, managing editor for Afterall Online, Melissa Gronlund, and editorial assistant for Afterall Online, Helena Vilalta.

Afterall undertakes contemporary art research within the academic framework of Central Saint Martins and its educational and cultural partner institutions. It aims to make this research widely available to a variety of audiences through its books, journal, online articles, seminars and symposia. Afterall is committed to the idea that art, and writing on art, should be independent of the commercial art market and engaged with broad educational, cultural, social and political ideas.

Afterall has given Mario a chance to develop his skills by contributing to Afterall Online. Afterall will also provide editorial support and feedback, as well as an award of £300.

Below you can see some of Mario's works and a brief statement on the influence on writing on his work:

Promotional poster for film, Dr Dale and the W.H.A.L.E. Betrayal, 2012.

                        Dr. Dale and the W.H.A.L.E. Betrayal Trailer from Jake or Mario on Vimeo.

'I currently work within two collaborations: as a part of SALT, producing publications and organising events with Hannah Clayden and Simon Bramley, and making short films and other things with Jake Caleb – although there tends to be a massive overlap between these ways of working, seeming as the group of us spend a lot of time together and frequently discuss ideas and help each other out.  Writing collaboratively has been something that has featured heavily in the recent projects I’ve been involved with, for example: working on absurd sci-fi scripts for Squeed and Dr. Dale and the W.H.A.L.E. Betrayal with Jake, and the script for SALT and ARK’s recent Future Tours performance. For Afterall I’ve proposed to write about the uses and histories of allegorical figures such as cannibals and zombies in mainstream and exploitation cinema, and how these figures link to different countercultures and communities, as this involves a lot of things which inform the work I collaborate on, and which I’m really excited to try and develop open dialogue and discussion around.'

Mario D'Agostino, 2012

Please contact for a viewing copy of the film Dr.Dale and the W.H.A.L.E Betrayal.

Future Tours, SALT in collaboration with ARK, 2012

To see more of Mario's work, please visit his website at: