Bristol Old Vic Ferment and The Leverhulme Trust announce recipients of the Leverhulme Arts Scholarships for local artists

Leverhulme Arts Scholarship Recipients

Image: Top L-R Rachael Clerke, Vanessa Kisuule. Bottom L-R Malcolm Hamilton, Tanuja Amarasuriya and Laura Dannequin.

Bristol Old Vic Ferment have teamed up with The Leverhulme Trust to offer five Leverhulme Arts Scholarships running until April 2018, and are today delighted to announce the recipients.

Local artists Tanuja Amarasuriya, Rachael Clerke, Laura Dannequin, Malcolm Hamilton and Vanessa Kisuule will work with the support of Ferment to explore their practice.

The Scholarships will enable these exciting artists to, over the course of the year, receive support from the Ferment team, encouraging the artists to think about their own creative and professional development. They will also have the opportunity to share work-in-progress during Bristol Old Vic’s scratch festival, Ferment Fortnight, and explore how this support from Ferment can enable them to experiment and try out new ideas.

Ferment Producer Emma Bettridge said: “I am very proud, and completely delighted, to announce this cohort of excellent-ness. The standard of application was so high, we had no choice but to extend the offer by adding a fifth bursary to the previously announced four. Bristol Ferment has been in existence for eight years now, so this evolution in artist support offers opportunity like no other: time, space, and support to truly delve into your own artistic practice. I can’t wait to see where this year takes us.”