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Sarah Wright - Arts Bursary Winner

Sarah Wright - Arts Bursary Winner

MK Community Foundation are pleased to deliver, in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, two £500 Art bursaries to help individuals to make new developments in their creative practice and help them to achieve excellence in their future work.

Milton Keynes Community Foundation are delighted to award one of our Arts Bursary’s to local artist, Sarah Wright. Sarah’s speciality is drawing, and she has had over 20 years of experience in delivering workshops and classes for people of all ages to discover and unlock their unique potential for creating art. Sarah’s approach is to teach people the five perceptual drawing skills, including the perception of edges, spaces, relationships, light and shadows and the perception of the art as a whole.

Through her teaching, Sarah hopes to provide a place where people can learn the skills needed to be able to draw confidently, but also for that individual to feel more confident in engaging more in the arts.

Sarah’s passion for drawing and for the community to benefit from it, led her to set up ‘The Drawing Machine’ in 2011; a project that looked to draw together people from all walks of life to learn the skill of drawing. Sarah delivered two consecutive ‘Big Draw’ events in Middleton Hall, as well as delivering ‘Life Drawing’ classes for people from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sarah continues to deliver classes through ‘The Drawing Machine’ in cafés and community centres.

Sarah has been working as the Community Artist for ‘Big Local Conniburrow’, where she has spent a lot of time growing and working in the community orchard, where the process of looking after the plants and witnessing the natural, constant cycle of life and death has helped Sarah rediscover her own process to creating. Immersing herself in the upkeep and growth of the orchard, and discovering the ways in which tending to the orchard was beneficial to her, allowed Sarah to practise and develop her art form.

As Sarah was working in the Community Orchard, she planted sunflower seeds, which represented the many ideas that she had developed there. Her work helped her discover and realise patterns and sequences in nature that related to her artwork.                     

The idea that Sarah is now working on and nurturing is the notion of exploring the value of ‘things’ within her own environment and really looking into what those items mean to her and how she would be able to let them go and have the physical, as well as the mental space to move on. Using old drawings and materials that Sarah has made or used in the past, and recycling them, they will be transformed into papier-mâché bricks. Each brick would represent a specific time, or have its own value to it that would mark a point in Sarah’s creative process. As the bricks grow in number, the collective presence becomes greater and would be able to be made into a wall that raises questions for the viewer, surrounding barriers and boundaries that we have to face in our lives.

Sarah intends on using the bursary to support the initial stage of creating the concept; allowing valuable time for the idea to be developed.