Saturday, 14 July 2012

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

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