As Directors of the Steven Campbell Trust we take great pleasure in announcing that our prize for ‘Poetic Creativity’ demonstrated in the work of a graduating student of Fine Art has been awarded this year to Ella Josephine Campbell of FAP for her film Wood Sprite and her Human Cave Installation.
The award was made by a unanimous decision after careful scrutiny of all Fine Art practices in a year which saw work of an exceptionally high standard being considered.
We felt Ella’s work demonstrated not only craftsmanship but the highest level of artistic integrity.
‘I was completely drawn into the film and loved her sound too’ ‘I loved Ella Campbell’s film and stills, really strong work’ ‘My stand out was Ella Campbell!’ ‘The skill of the puppetry and movement sequences with the life size puppet was sensitive and moving’
These were just a few of our Directors comments.
We are delighted with our choice and congratulate Ella and wish her well for the future.
Carol Campbell, The Steven Campbell Trust, June 2021
Statement from Ella Josephine Campbell, June 2021:
Such a prestigious award and recognition is so motivational for me in this key transition out of Art school, trying to find my place in a challenging art world, and finding the courage to keep on sharing and disseminating my practice through vulnerable times.
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Steven Campbell Trust Hunt Medal Recipient is Tess Wood, for her most recent work ‘Cannot Contain’, which is showing at the Glasgow School of Art 2019 Degree Show.
This work is comprised of a specific, architecturally designed performance space and a durational live performance piece.
The piece looks to reclaim representations of power that are commonly found in depictions of the male body within popular culture. Tess Wood seeks to reframe iconic sports and music imagery within her practice. Regressive feedback loops, repetitive sounds and movements are central to the work.
Through the interplay of props and body, confined intimacy and on-display vulnerability, Tess Wood embodies the frustrations felt at being confined within a set of societal codes and regulations relating to gender expression.
We would also like to thank staff from GSA for their assistance and support and look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship.
Finally we would like to extend our warm congratulations to Tess and wish her a successful career.
The Steven Campbell Trust are delighted to announce that the 2018 recipient of the Hunt Medal for poetic creativity, is artist Nancy Dewhurst, Sculpture & Environmental Art Department, GSA, for her beautiful and evocative work ‘ Clepsydra’.
Nancy’s current artistic practice is focussed towards ‘time’ and different notions of this – geological time, ancient time, time dictated by labour, and punctuated by play. More broadly, her work is about systems (of which ‘time’ is one).
Trust directors had a wonderful afternoon at GSA, Trongate, looking at all Fine Art graduates’ work and having many illuminating and enriching conversations, which gave us much to consider. We were grateful for the invaluable assistance of Claire Paterson, GSA graduate and recent Steven Campbell Trust and Saltire Society New York Scholarship recipient, and our first Hunt Medal award winner in 2008. Many thanks also to Claire’s partner Brian McCluskey, writer and painter, who offered valuable insight and support.
We would also like to thank staff from GSA, particularly Fiona Robertson and John Quinn for their assistance and support and look forward to continuing our ongoing relationship.
Finally we would like to extend our warm congratulations to Nancy and wish her a successful and enriching career.
We are delighted to announce that this years winner of the Hunt Medal is performance artist Tamara MacArthur, Glasgow School of Art.
The Trust finances the annual Steven Campbell Hunt Medal for a student artist of great promise and talent at the Glasgow Art School. This is open to application and nomination for the students who display Poetic Creativity and the recipients are chosen by Carol Campbell, Glasgow School of Art Staff and nominees of the Trustees and Advisors to the Trust.
We wish Tamara a successful career and hope she is pleased to join a strong line of previous recipients of our award.
Felix Carr, Winner of Steven Campbell Trust, Hunt Medal 2016
Statement from Carol Campbell:
“My fellow Directors of the Trust and I had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to the GSA City nights preview last Thursday (16th June) with a view to selecting our Hunt medal winner for this year.
As GSA guidelines require that the prizes given should have a criterion, the selection made by myself and the family was that of ‘Poetic Creativity’ as we felt this encompassed everything that Steven stood for in terms of his Art.
The standard was high and debate was fierce between the Directors but there was a coming together around the work of our choice for 2016 Felix Carr.
Felix’s images were at the forefront of several of our minds during the selection process. We loved the energy, the risk taking and the bravura. So in the end the decision making process was much easier than we had anticipated. We felt we had found a worthy winner in Felix and I am personally delighted to see him awarded the Hunt Medal for 2016.”
To see more of Felix Carr’s work, follow this link
Quote from Carol Campbell, Chair of The Steven Campbell Trust and widow of the artist:
‘It was one of those moments when you just ‘know’ that it’s right. Our prize is for Poetic Creativity and Leo’s paintings resonated before we even spoke with him.
We never ask for any background information before judging, preferring to let the work speak as it would in a gallery setting but, decision made, it always pleases Sandy Moffat (former Head of Fine Art, GSA) and I to have our hunches confirmed as regards committment, ideas etc.
Leo came through with flying colours as a young man of passion and integrity with strong ideas and an amazing artistic journey ahead. We at the Steven Campbell Trust wish him well and shall watch his progress with great interest.’
Quote from Leo Arnold on receiving this award:
‘As an aspiring painter I was very flattered to discover that I had won a prize that related to Steven Campbell who was, of course, an important and influential painter from Glasgow himself.
As a young artist Campbell was notoriously daring. He took risks to cement a path that made him stand out and led him to make exceptional work and so I feel very lucky to receive this award as a young artist and a painter too.
I will keep his example in mind as I try to fulfil my artistic ambitions.’