Craft graduate Harry Chadwick wins Rising Stars 2023
Sculptural artist Harry Chadwick, who graduated from BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices in 2022 with First Class honours, has won Rising Stars 2023, the prestigious award for early career makers at New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham.
Rising Stars, which runs until 22 April 2023, is a curated, national platform designed to foster and champion new talent, early career makers, students and graduates from BA and MA crafts, design and applied arts programmes across the UK. Rising Stars offers new makers a first step into the marketplace, through a curated, selling exhibition.
Harry Chadwick at Rising Stars 2023
Harry Chadwick was selected as the winner of the Rising Stars 2023 Award by a panel of expert judges. As winner he will receive a solo exhibition at the New Ashgate Gallery in March 2024 and a small grant for his professional development.
Harry is a sculptural artist working predominantly in metal and glass, who welds, folds, and forms metal into sculptural pieces encapsulating glass sheet to catch passing light and to give a sense of movement to his work.
Harry's body of work is an extension of his final degree show 'Pop Futurism'. where Pop Art blends with the Futurist movement. The sculptures reference his former career as an engineer, welder and fabricator. The familiar silhouettes of tools used within the workshop are cut from steel and powder coated in bright colours. Contained within these tough outer shells is sheet glass, each layer resonating upwards from an invisible action. The large steel saws show resistance and movement where none should be, as a metaphor for the trials of life.
The judges at Rising Stars 2023
The winner and makers were selected by a panel of judges; Dan Goode (Making Goode), Dr Outi Remes (New Ashgate Gallery), Sharon Ting (University for the Creative Arts, Textiles) and Debra Allman (UCA, Jewellery, Ceramics & Glass).
Dan Goode said: “Harry was chosen as this year's winner because of the wit and vibrancy of his work: humour, colour and his manipulation of metal stood out for me and my fellow judges. Harry is a worthy winner in a field of outstanding makers in this year's Rising Stars exhibition.”
Debra Allman said: “Harry has understood the power of object”
Harry's body of work is an extension of his final degree show 'Pop Futurism'. where Pop Art blends with the Futurist movement.
Rising Stars 2023 is organised by New Ashgate Gallery in partnership with the University for the Creative Arts and Dan Goode of Making Goode. It is supported by Billmeir Charitable Trust.
Gayle Matthias, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Craft & Material Practices said, “Since graduating, Harry has achieved immense success. He was chosen to exhibit work at MAKING IT 2023. He was selected as Runner Up in the Contemporary Glass Society’s New Graduate Review and he received the Glass Sellers Student Award at the 2022 British Glass Biennale with his cast glass pieces ‘The Drowning of Handcraft’.”
BA (Hons) Craft and Materials Practices at Arts University Plymouth allows students to explore the art of traditional making alongside the rapid digital prototyping facilities in our Fab Lab. We provide the resources to reinvent craft for the 21st century through the use of state-of-the-art facilities dedicated to glass, ceramics, metals and wood alongside new and innovative creative techniques and materials to encourage creative and inventive thinking and making. Come to our next Open Day on 24 June 2023 to tour the facilities and discuss your future with our expert academics.