The successful recipient of the 2015/16 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, hosted by The New Art Gallery Walsall, is digital and video artist Caglar Kimyoncu.
Kimyoncu works across a variety of media, including video, audio, digital, photography and performance. His work is informed by the pressure to conform to ‘norms’ which continue to prevail in apparently liberal and tolerant societies.
Influenced by his personal experience as a disabled person and as the son of a professional soldier, Kimyoncu is interested in the subject of ‘power dynamics’ and ‘being different in a conflict zone’.
He will receive a £5000 bursary and begins his three month residency, hosted by The New Art Gallery Walsall, in January 2016. Throughout his residency he will continue to seek alternative representations of excluded voices, whether they be from a perspective of sexual orientation, gender, disability or ethnicity. The Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary, set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds, supports disabled artists by providing the opportunity to engage in a three month residency at a high profile gallery or cultural institution. The New Art Gallery Walsall is currently hosting an exhibition of work by previous Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary recipients in its Long Gallery.
On receiving this award Kimyoncu commented:
"This bursary empowers artists by giving them a blank canvas and a space to create, without pressure. I am delighted to be able to explore an issue close to my heart, the militarisation of youth, and look forward to working on this with The New Art Gallery Walsall."
Stephen Snoddy, Director of The New Art Gallery Walsall added:
"The New Art Gallery Walsall is delighted to be working with Shape to host a three-month Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary residency in 2016. This partnership extends and enriches Walsall’s long-standing Artists’ Studio residency programme, which provides development opportunities primarily for artists living and working in the West Midlands region. We look forward to joining Shape’s growing list of major UK gallery partners, including Spike Island, Bristol and Camden Arts Centre, London in providing a supportive and dynamic context for experimentation and risk-taking."
Tony Heaton OBE, CEO, Shape said:
"The welcome we have received from The New Art Gallery Walsall has been exceptional and we are thrilled to add them to the illustrious list of galleries who have collaborated with Shape on this unique artist award. This year’s recipient, Caglar Kimyoncu has been a stalwart of disability arts and we are really looking forward to supporting his continued exploration of an important and relevant issue; the conscription and militarisation of young people."
The selection panel consisted of:
- Terry Smith - Independent Artist and Curator
- Tony Heaton - Chief Executive, Shape
- Zoe Lippett - Artists' Projects and Exhibitions Curator, The New Art Gallery Walsall
- Zoe Renilson - Head of Education, The New Art Gallery Walsall