The successful recipient of Shape Arts’ 2018 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary and accompanying artist residency, hosted by Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester, is announced as sculptor Terence Birch. Terence will receive a £10,000 bursary and will undertake his three month residency from 6 February to 29 April 2018.
Terence Birch was selected as the recipient of the ARMB from a shortlist of five artists by a panel comprising: Fiona Slater, Programme Coordinator at Shape Arts, Simon Martin, Director of Pallant House Gallery, Steve McDade, Head of Fine Art at the University of Chichester, and John Gill, Chair of Camden Arts Centre.
In Terence’s work, elements of class structure, consumer desire and aesthetic prejudice are explored via strategies of restriction, hindrance and limitation. Through puns and word associations, the assemblage of disparate materials and media, and the deliberate placement of ‘obstacles’ or diversions against the reception of the viewer, the overriding lack of certainty in his juxtapositions produces a palpable sense of anxiety.
Birch said on securing the bursary:
“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank Shape Arts, Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester. It will enable me the security and peace to express myself in a community that encourages individuality, personal responsibility and independence. This is a much needed bursary that believes in people’s potential and provides a chance for disabled artists, such as myself, to dream of a future with love and hope – amid the barriers. I eagerly await returning to Chichester in 2018, and look forward to showing work together with the shortlisted artists at Attenborough Arts Centre.”
David Hevey, CEO of Shape Arts, remarked:
“The standard of applications to our tenth ARMB was incredibly high, which speaks volumes for both the Bursary and Pallant House Gallery, who have been a brilliant gallery for us to work with throughout the planning. I am thrilled that we will be supporting Terence Birch with this prestigious award, and am looking forward to seeing what he will do with the time, space and resources provided collectively by Shape, Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester.”
Simon Martin, Director of Pallant House Gallery, said:
“Pallant House Gallery is dedicated to providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore their enjoyment of art and so we are delighted to be able to be working with Shape Arts and the University of Chichester to host the 2018 Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. We were inspired by Terence Birch’s unique approach and look forward to seeing his work develop during his time working with the Gallery and University. This is an exciting opportunity for everyone to discover new perspectives on our collections and programmes.”
Steve McDade, Head of Fine Art at the University of Chichester, comments:
“The Department of Fine Art at University of Chichester is excited and very pleased to be part of the ARMB and to be working in collaboration with Shape and Pallant House Gallery. We are looking forward to working with Terence who will become part of the lively and dynamic working atmosphere of the studios and workshops. His intriguing use of materials and his lateral thinking approach to concepts will bring a stimulating dialogue and interaction with the students across the department and the wider community through Pallant House Gallery. It is a privilege to be part of this year’s bursary and look forward to having Terence ‘on board’ next semester.”