A Jersey artist will shadow one of the UK’s leading painters and sculptors thanks to the second annual Dandara Art Scholarship.

As the first recipient of the scholarship, Highlands student Christine Hamilton spent a week during 2011 with internationally renowned sculptor Stephen Cox, and in April of this year another Jersey artist has the chance to gain valuable professional experience, this time shadowing the Professor of Drawing at the Royal Academy of Art, Christopher Le Brun, one of England’s best known contemporary artists.  His work ‘Wing’ has been commissioned by Dandara for the Castle Quay development.

Announcing this year’s award, Dandara managing director Martin Clancy said: ‘We are delighted to be continuing with the scholarship, which further underpins our commitment to both the Percentage for Art programme and to giving opportunity to locally based talent to work with internationally recognised sculptors, from whom they can benefit greatly.  Last year the competition attracted a myriad of talent and we are very hopeful of the same response this time round’.

The first scholarship was awarded to Highlands student Christine Hamilton who spent a week with sculptor Stephen Cox in Ludlow in June this year.   Thanking Dandara for what she described as ‘an inspirational experience’, Christine said: ‘I had the opportunity to see his drawings and watch one of them being transformed into a 3D stone sculpture that he was preparing for an exhibition.  I watched him work and was able to make my own modest sculpture whilst being guided in technique and the use of machinery.  It was a very worthwhile experience and I have returned inspired with new skills under my belt’.