A South Shields based Arts organisation has announced the launch of an award for local South Tyneside artists.
A fundraising dinner is organized on Friday, 21st November 7pm at Customs House, South Shields.
In collaboration with South Tyneside Council, ArtsConnect are inviting Artists and Crafts makers from South Tyneside to apply for the Bob Watters Artist’s Residency Award.
Close friend and colleague, Cllr Joyce Welsh, said “Bob was passionate about all aspects of the Arts and it is fitting that his name and contribution will continue to be recognised in the Borough for years to come.”
An evening of fine Indian dining in support of the project is to be held on the 21st November 2014 at the Customs House to be attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside to launch the new annual award. “I am delighted to be able to support this new and exciting award” said Local MP Emma Lowell-Buck “Bob’s unswerving commitment to the community he served is an example to us all and reflects the commitment of Councilors’ throughout the UK in these challenging times.
The award recognises and celebrates the life and selfless work of the respected Councilor who died suddenly in January 2014. It will support local artists in South Tyneside to develop their art and gain much needed exposure for their work within the local community and beyond. It will commence with a month’s residency at “Makaan”, ArtsConnect’s unique studio and Gallery based in the heart of the community in South Shields.
The evening is being supported in part by Asian Business Connexions. Ammar Mirza CBE Chair of the forum said
Recognizing and remembering Bob Watters in such a kind and thoughtful manner should encourage others to get involved and show their support for such a great initiative.
The aim of this award is to raise the profile of emerging artists from the Borough of South Tyneside by providing a month long residency that enables them to either develop or experiment with new ideas, create new work and share with local communities.
“The award will be an annual event giving local artists and crafts makers in South Tyneside a unique opportunity to focus on their work, develop their practice and create new works in a supportive environment,” said ArtsConnect’s Artistic Director, Padma Rao. “One of the main elements of the award will be the public presentation of the winning artist’s work for 12 months at South Shields Town Hall.”
The award comprises of:
- A month long residency at Makaan art studio
- Materials cost
- Mentoring support
- Public sharing through an End of Residency Open Studio event
- Public presentation of one finished piece at South Shields Town Hall
“The award has brought in an array of partnerships and sponsorship support from both within and outside South Tyneside. We are truly delighted and inspired that Newcastle College, Life Style Academy will provide support towards the catering for the evening. Other supporters include, South Shields Rotary and Hindu Nari Sangh,” said ArtsConnect’s Commercial Director Steve Donkin. “ We would like to have more sponsors onboard and support this unique scheme. This could be an opportunity to make a timely difference in someone’s career.”