Talent Development Artist Catch-up - Chris Townsend

We’ve been catching up with recent recipients of the Talent Development bursary to find out how this funding has helped artists’ practice and creative development. Chris Townsend is a sculptor and clay artist who used his bursary to gain support from other artists to further develop his skillset.  Read on to find out more about Chris’ experience.

What did the Talent Development bursary enable you to do?

The programme inspired, motivated and clarified my artistic direction and reminded me that making art often needs support and directing from others to harness some of that nebulous creativity.

Where are you now / what’s happened since?

After a slow artistic response during lockdown I am now creating pieces more regularly and have eventually – after several decades – purchased a kiln which will speed up production. I have started to explore where art sits within my family connections…with 50 first cousins I’ve been wondering if art was in the DNA.

What has the impact of the bursary been?

The bursary allowed connections with other artists and art professionals that otherwise may have remained elusive to me. Funding allowed me to spend quality time with a range of ceramicists so that I could extend my skills and momentum.

See more of Chris’ work here

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