1st Out Bursary Salford





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Original Borough - Salford
From 2001 to 2003 the 1st Out Bursary funded a series of temporary commissions by recent graduates in the North West. The commissions showcased the best new artists while providing training, support and mentoring.

The development programme was a collaboration between North West universities and the Irwell Sculpture Trail aimed at developing future public art practice and providing artists with the skills they need to enter the profession.

The commissions ran over three years and each year focused on a different area. In 2001 the graduates were based in Summerseat in Bury, in 2002 the site was Bacup and in 2003 Salford Quays and Ordsall were the focus.

The selected artists chose the theme, site and community they wanted to work with and created very different projects that challenge and complement the other artworks on the Irwell Sculpture Trail.

Artist: Brian Percival
Brian Percival, a graduate of Salford University, worked with Ordsall Angling Club fishing the Quays, collecting stories and attending meetings as a club member. As artist in residence, Brian’s activities resulted in a series of interventions and performances that took place throughout the summer (Images right, first from top).

Artist: Lee Patterson
The hidden sounds of the Lowry Bridge at Salford Quays provided the inspiration for a novel piece of work by artist Lee Patterson, a graduate of Salford University. Over several months Lee explored the soundscape of the area with a focus on the award-winning bridge. During the summer of 2003, sounds created by public use of the bridge were broadcast live from various points on the structure to uncover the hidden music in this piece of public architecture (Images right, second from top).

Artist: Max Rawlins
Max Rawlins, who graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University, creates structures using discarded materials and objects he finds on the streets. His work aims to generate awareness of materialism by creating a comparison to the haphazard layout normally taken by litter in the landscape. The artist aims to provide interest and curiosity in the process of rearrangement (Images right, third from top).

Artist: Sue Bates
Sue Bates worked with people who use the Humphrey Booth Day Centre for the over 65s in Ordsall. The University of Central Lancashire graduate gathered personal histories and anecdotes from people, many of whom have lived all their lives in the area. She produced private work for the participants and assisted them in editing this into a public work that was displayed at the opening event (Images right, fourth from top).

Artist: Sue Scowcroft

University of Central Lancashire graduate Sue Scowcroft investigated the idea of places of value in the local area. To do this she encouraged a cross section of people from within the local community to nominate ‘special places’ which were designated with a plaque to encourage people to reconsider their environment and their relationship to the area in which they live. The artist gave walks around the ‘special places’ as part of the project (Images right, fifth from top).

Artist: Brian Percival

Artist: Lee Patterson. Image credit Stephen Hunt

Artist: Max Rawlins

Artist: Sue Bates

Artist: Sue Scowcroft

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