January

James Brunt

James Brunt studied Fine Art at the Byam Shaw School of Art in London, graduating in 1997, and now lives and works in Yorkshire. He specialises in community-based arts projects.

James found his calling following a series of chance happenings. He says, “I was introduced to the work of a stone artist who works on a beach on the South Coast by a friend, who’d told me about his ‘magic’. Seeing the intricacies of his work led me to delve further into the art form and I quickly became part of a growing global community of practitioners. At the same time, I’d started to work with a photographer devising natural / playful activities to encourage children to embrace creativity. These two events fuelled my own growing passion for working outdoors, both with children through the Forest Schools I now run, and as an artist. Inspired by the connection to my surroundings and challenge of working with the elements.”

James’ work is transient in every sense, with arrangements created over the course of a day, sometimes lasting only minutes after completion before the process of reclamation by the natural world begins.

Sutapa Biswas

Sutapa Biswas was born in India and educated in the UK since the age of four. She is an interdisciplinary, conceptual artist who works across a range of media including painting, drawing, film and time-based media.

Sutapa graduated with a BA in Fine Art with Art History from Leeds University and completed her postgraduate degree at the Slade School of Art. She was also a research student at the Royal College of Art. Sutapa’s works have been exhibited globally, including solo exhibitions in Brazil, UK, USA, and Canada.

Sutapa was the 2008 Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the Yale Centre for British Art, and is a European Photography Award 1992 nominee. She is currently reading Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Ravi Deepres

Ravi Deepres is an award-winning Artist, Photographer and Filmmaker with an international reputation for focusing on the intersection of still and moving images. He has collaborated frequently with globally renowned choreographers, directors and musicians, and has been commissioned around the world by institutions such as Tate Britain, Recontres Arles and Sadlers Wells.

Ravi was conferred as a Professor in Moving Image and Photography by Birmingham City University and is a fellow of The Royal Photographic Society.

Ravi’s ITV logo project was made possible by a specialist production team including: 3D Design Associate – Evy Dutheil, Digital Video Programmer – Salvador Bettencourt Avila and 3D Construction Firm – FYI Projects.

Mark Titchner

Mark Titchner’s work focuses on an exploration of words and language, and in recent years much of his production has been based in the public realm both in the UK and internationally. These public works are often created from extended group activities, working particularly with young people.

Mark was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2006 and participated in the Venice Biennale in 2007. He has enjoyed various solo exhibitions and recently completed a major new permanent public work, ‘Me, Here Now’, which is installed at London Bridge Station.

Patricia Volk

Patricia Volk works in painted fired clay and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors. She was born in Belfast and has a studio in Somerset.

Patricia’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Buekenholf-Phoenix Gallery in Belgium, Chichester Cathedral and the Royal West of England Academy. She was Regional Winner of the ING “Discerning Eye” prize in 2007 and is shortlisted for the prestigious Brian Mercer Residency.

Last year Patricia was invited by the Trustees of the Designer Crafts Foundation to go to Israel as one of their guest sculptors. Patricia says, “as a sculptor I love working with the directness of clay, making one-off pieces, which are fired then finished with acrylic paint. Classical sculpture was always highly coloured but we have this erroneous idea that they were all white and sterile looking. My obsession as an artist is catching a very simple form or line, then enhancing it with colour. Sometimes these are juxtapositions that I hope suggest contradictions of strength and fragility, stability and precariousness – like the relationships between human beings – but also of rest and activity, grace and motion, that give an object a lively presence and a sense of individual character. But really all this is open to the eye of the beholder. I never want to be too prescriptive, and in saying this much I’ve probably said too much.”