Emerge Programme

A bursary and mentoring programme for early career artists and makers

This year’s Emerge recipients are Savannah Crosby and Joshua Williams.

Emerge is a programme of mentoring and a bursary of £1,000 for early career artists or makers, working in any visual art or craft medium, who have a strong connection to Dumfries & Galloway.

This year we have awarded two Emerge bursaries which will see each recipient receive mentoring from an experienced Upland artist or maker. As well as creating new work and taking part in Spring Fling, the recipients will also benefit from go & see trips, networking and training opportunities.

Emerge aims to provide support which will enable the participants to develop both creatively and professionally providing a stepping stone between education or employment and a career in the arts. One of this year’s bursaries is specifically for an emerging artist or maker aged 30 years and under, which is supported by The
Holywood Trust. The second bursary is for an emerging artist or maker of any age, which is supported by Creative Scotland.

The 2022 Emerge Recipients

Savannah Crosby

Savannah is a landscape photographer based in Stranraer, whose work focuses on landscape/nature photography, exploring mental health and how being surrounded by nature helps to improve mental health and wellbeing.

Joshua Williams

Joshua is a ceramicist based in Newton Stewart, making both functional-ware and statement pieces, drawing on traditional methods and skills whilst continually aiming to develop work for a modern audience.

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