GRAIN Bursary 2017
The GRAIN Bursary is an award to a West Midlands based artist, curator or writer working in photography. The 2017 Bursary recipient is Warwickshire based photographer Caitriona Dunnett.
The bursary will support her artistic development and the creation of a new body of work, including experimenting with new technical approaches.
Caitriona is an Irish photographer based in Warwick. In her work she investigates memory and narrative through nineteenth century photographic techniques. As well as creating new work Caitriona will receive mentoring support and will attend portfolio reviews including at Format International Photography Festival and Rencontres d’Arles.
A Study of Hill Close Gardens, will include the development of 12-16 handcrafted photographs capturing the lost and found narratives of Warwick’s Victorian gardens. The gardens date back to 1845 and were tended by tradesmen. They fell into disrepair after the 1950’s and were saved from development by local residents. The plots have been fully restored by volunteers to reference the planting of their original owners. Hill Close Gardens is one of the last groups of detached Victorian pleasure garden plots in the UK. The gardens were invested in, lost and then recreated. Each generation of gardener brought with them a new layer of history. I want to explore time’s passage
Image Credit: Path to Bishop’s Cave, Caitriona Dunnett, (Tea toned cyanotype)