Talent Development Artist Catch-up - Kye Wilson

We’ve been catching up with recent recipients of the Talent Development bursary to find out how this funding has supported local artists’ practice and creative development. Kye Wilson is a multi-disciplinary artist who used his bursary to explore new mediums and receive mentoring from the artist community.  Read on to find out more about Kye’s experience.

What did the Talent Development bursary enable you to do?

My Talent Development bursary enabled me to receive invaluable mentoring with Kristina Pulejkova, a multimedia artist whose work is informed by technology. In our mentoring sessions she shared with me her experience and knowledge in relation to technology-based art processes from an artist’s perspective.

Where are you now / what’s happened since?

Since completing this bursary, I received funding from Arts Council England to undertake further research and development in the form of a project called ‘Empathy Machine’. This allowed me to continue mentoring with experts that have advanced my arts practice exploring Virtual Reality (VR) as an art form, as opposed to using it as just an emerging technological tool. This project also consisted of numerous exploratory ‘go see’ visits to VR professionals and organisations in England and abroad. To help me build new networks and to initiate potential collaborations with artists, academics and technologists. I also attended a number of events and festivals that focused upon and showcased innovative VR and media arts, this included Watershed/South West Creative Technology Network and the IDFA: International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam. This permitted me to meet and network with a variety of different individuals and organisations, and to experience existing/prototype works that use technology to create immersive experiences.

What has the impact of the bursary been?

I feel the Talent Development bursary was a starting point of an interesting journey for me. The impact of this bursary and consequential developments will help to take my moving image arts practice into a completely new direction – in particular how to make my first VR/360° video artwork which is what I plan to do next.

Find out more about Kye and his practice here

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