The Joan Charnley Bursary is an annual award given to a young emerging artist whose work embodies the creative and innovative spirit of our patron, textile artist Joan Charnley



Glasgow-based artist Seamus Killick is the first recipient of the Joan Charnley Bursary. Born in South Wales in 1991, Seamus studied Fine Art at the Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2014 with First Class Honours. He was immediately selected for the Royal Scottish Academy New Contemporaries and the following year awarded the RSA Stevenson Award for ‘Painter of Merit’. Seamus has undertaken a number of residencies including the St Margarets House Residency 2014 and the Pilotenkueche International Artist Residency, The Spinnerei in 2016. As part of the Joan Charnley Bursary, Seamus will be working on a new collection of work for his solo exhibition at the Weavers Factory in 2019.


2020 - amy mizrahi

Artist Amy Mizrahi is the second recipient of the Joan Charnley Bursary. Born in Liverpool Amy studied Illustration at the Manchester School of Art. In 2016 she co-founded SLOE Gallery, which she has served as the co-director for the past two years and in 2017 undertook a three-month artist residency in Los Angeles. With a background in both fine art and social science, Amy breaks boundaries around definitions of beauty and challenges issues regarding self-identity. Her work embodies themes surrounding mental health, disability, identity and memory and will be working on a new collection of painting for her Solo Exhibition at the Weavers Factory in 2020.


2021 - ?

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