2 April 2015

Foundation Art and Design alumnus David Farrar awarded Fellowship by Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts

David Farrar, alumnus of the School of Arts’ Foundation Art and Design course, has been awarded a Fellowship by the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts (VCCA), USA, one of the most prestigious artist communities in the world. As a Cy Twombly Fellow, from 30 March – 26 April, he will be among 25 individuals given the opportunity to focus on their own creative projects at the internationally acclaimed working retreat for writers, visual artists and composers.

According to the VCCA website, ‘funded by the Cy Twombly Foundation at the direction of the artist, this fellowship supports a two-week residency for a visual artist of exceptional talent and potential’. Farrar works in a variety of media including printmaking, sculpture and installation, with particular interests in breaking down the forms of found utilitarian objects, and exploring representation and authenticity.

In addition, Farrar is undertaking a one-month residency at The Artist House from 2 – 27 March at St. Mary’s College, Maryland, USA. During his time at The Artist House, David will be creating a new body of work as well as volunteering to work with students in classes, lectures and workshops.

The Artist house was established in 2003 as a residency program for artists, and provides a retreat environment for two residents at a time. The program aims to support creative artists by offering them time and space to create new work, and to develop programming in which artists-in-residence share their work with the campus and local community.

Of his achievements, Farrar said ‘I feel extremely privileged to have been awarded these two residencies, and I am replete with gratitude to Sue Johnson (Professor of Art at St. Mary’s College, Maryland) and the board at VCCA for granting me places on their residency programs. As an emerging artist, residencies such as these are invaluable as they grant me uninhibited time and space to make work in an exciting new environment and engage with international artists that I might otherwise never have met.

My time studying on the Oxford Brookes Foundation Art and Design course was influential on my practice as it was during this year that I began to experiment with the materials I was using and fully embraced the found object as a key element within my practice. This commenced a body of work that I carried throughout my degree at The Glasgow School of Art and continue to work on now.’

The School of Arts congratulates David on his success and wishes him good luck in the future.

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