East Midlands artists recognised in new sculpture production award

Nottingham-based artists Emily Stollery and Yelena Popova are two of six artists to have been selected to receive a new award for sculpture production, recently launched by Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre.

Open to emerging artists working in 3D, based within the UK but outside of London, the Sculpture Production Award 2019 provides six sculptors with access to skills development, mentoring and a £1,000 production grant towards the realisation of a new work. The Award is aimed at artists looking to explore the process of working with specialist fabricators.

The inaugural award drew 120 applications from the Isle of Sky to Brighton, and a strong pool to select from. We’re delighted that the East Midlands is well represented in the final selection.

Emily Stollery, ‘Swoon’, courtesy of the artist

Emily Stollery has a studio at One Thoresby Street. Her sculptural practice is led by the seductive properties of materials. Choosing to shift and re-appropriate the natural associations we have with these materials, she manipulates them in ways that go against their natural propensities.

Yelena Popova, ‘Townlets (interactive sculpture balancing game)’

Yelena Popova is based at Primary. Modernism, industrialisation, nuclear history and the tensions between East and West amplified by the Cold War are themes that reoccur in her work. The artist’s most recent project brought together the decline of manufactured sporting goods in the Midlands, the scientist and nuclear spy Klaus Fuchs and the excitement of the first scientific experiments with nuclear fission.

Find out more about the Award and follow the progress the artists make in realising their new works.

CVAN EM is pleased to have supported this award to remain free to applicants, along with CVAN South East, Yorkshire & Humber Visual Arts Network, New Art West Midlands, STEAMhouse and Eastside Projects.