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What could you do with the Robson Art & Design Masters Award?

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The Robson Art & Design Masters Award supports the ambitions of Sunderland Masters students studying Glass & Ceramics, Design, or Fine Art. Students applying to these courses are invited to apply for the scholarship. How could it benefit your studies? 

Rebecca Marrs studied BA (Hons) Fine Art and then MA Fine Art and graduated in 2019. She said the scholarship she was awarded in her final year set free her ambitions:

"Receiving the DOSH (Development Office Scholarships) Scholarship was an enormous boost to my confidence. Since winning the Robson award I have been shortlisted for the Gillian Dickinson North East Sculptor of the Year Award and had my work exhibited in the Atkinson Gallery in Somerset. My scholarship allowed me to undertake much more ambitious work. My material budget was much higher, and I found myself experimenting with my practice more because I wasn't as afraid of wasting materials. It also meant I could reduce the hours I was working and focus more on the MA course which allowed me to get the most out of it.”

Rebecca Marrs, Fine Art student, standing in an art studio next to a sculpture she has made. She is smiling to the camera.

The Robson Visual Arts Master Award played a significant role in MA Glass and Ceramics student Iris Churcher achieving a distinction.

The scholarship allowed Iris to buy books that would assist in the research for her final presentation, and also to buy materials to experiment with different clays and techniques. The 70-year-old was also able to travel to museums and galleries to see ceramics collections and to meet with curators.

Iris, whose narrative illustration is now finding new expression in the form of ceramic teapots, said: “The research for the final MA academic presentation led to a broader knowledge of teapots and the history of porcelain and stoneware. In particular the Victoria & Albert Museum visit and a closer study of the Rodin teapot influenced my narrative thinking about birds interacting with teapots and studying the work of Richard Notkin and Adrian Saxe.”

“The Robson Visual Arts Master Award made all the travel and material purchases much easier and helped me greatly in my final research."


Find out more about applying for this years Robsons Art & Design Master Award and other DOSH (Development Office Scholarships) Scholarships bycontacting the Development Office team on development.office@sunderland.ac.uk 

Published: 15 May 2020