Sally Goldsworthy Bursary

I’m so happy to announce that I have received the Sally Goldsworthy Bursary to develop two of my projects in the coming year!

“Sally Goldsworthy was the Chief Executive of Discover from 2003 to 2015. Discover is a Story Centre in the heart of Newham that sets children, families and schools on a journey of imagination and curiosity that combines learning with immersive literature and story making experiences. Sally was a great supporter of artists, new and established, raising the profile of children’s literature through collaborations with, amongst others, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell and Michael Rosen.

In honour of her extra-ordinary contribution to Discover and the wider world of children’s literature and creative arts, the Sally Goldsworthy Bursary Scheme offers bursaries to UK-based artists working in younger children’s literature or story-telling. For the purposes of this scheme younger children are defined as 1-11 years old. The Bursary supports emerging children’s writers, poets, illustrators or story-tellers to develop their practice. It aims to support experimentation and exploration of the creative process, for which funding is more difficult to find.”

The two projects I submitted are both about the creative process and have an interactive element to them, so when I found out about the bursary and the vision of Discover Story Centre, I felt like it fitted in so neatly, that I just had to apply (even though I was also in the middle of graduating from the MA Children’s Book Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art and preparing for my degree show).
Of course, it is always a bit scary to put yourself in a position of possible rejection – but as creatives we have no choice but to put our work out there and to feel a little vulnerable in doing so every now and then (unless you are too comfortable hiding and don’t feel the need to show the world anything you make). I’m still not sure if my enthusiastic rambling during the interview was more of a testimony to me being rather nervous and tired, or of me actually feeling very passionate about creativity and storytelling and developing tools that have the potential to help children and adults to develop their own confidence and skill set in those two areas. Probably a bit of both, being encouraged by the interest and thoughtful questions of the members of the board.

I was delighted when I later got the message I received the bursary. It means I get the time to pursue two subjects I feel very passionate about (creativity and storytelling), but it will also give me the creative freedom to experiment with image making. I can allow myself more creative risks, and even if I don’t use many of the images in a final product, this will help develop and inform my work. I will also get to collaborate with the children that come to Discover, so I can test my projects and get some feedback from them.
This blog will function as a way to share the process of working on the two projects and will help me to organize my thoughts. I will write a bit more about the first project I’ll be working on, in my next post.

To find out more about Discover, you can go here and don’t forget to check out the different events they have for all ages. I myself am looking forward to seeing the Transbook Exhibition at the end of May.