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BALTIC Bursaries Announcement

May 2021

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the five recipients of BALTIC Bursaries in 2021: Jon Cornbill, Foundation Press, Julia Heslop, Heather Bonnie Reid and Janina Sabaliauskaitė.

The artists selected are based in the North East of England and wish to explore new areas of research and/or new ways of making and sustaining their practice.

Each recipient will receive a £1,000 bursary to support their practice working at home or in the studio. Each artist or collective will also be offered opportunities to meet with BALTIC curators for virtual studio visits.

Jon Cornbill is an artist and DJ based in Gateshead. He makes and curates sculpture, performance, video and events that investigate class consciousness, on and offline communities and social theory. He is a current member of School of the Damned, an alternative, peer-led art school that challenges institutionalised, hierarchical pedagogies. He is the founder of the Slack’s Radio, an independent radio station for Tyne and Wear’s underground music and art scenes to broadcast globally.

Foundation Press is led by Adam Phillips and Deborah Bower, working with a wider network of artists and communities on a project-by-project basis. Their work explores social practice, self-publishing and collaborative design. They often prepare participatory workshops or projects that facilitate collaborative action, aiming to amplify the voices of others alongside our own. The ‘press’ mentioned in their name is a term used figuratively; working in different formats and locations they find inspiration in the outward-facing and collective characteristics of a printing press.

Julia Heslop is an artist working across the boundaries of art and architecture and her work often takes the form of large-scale architectural installations, painting and video. The potentials for participation in the urban environment are at the centre of her practice and she often works in participatory, slow ways with groups and communities. She uses her work to ask questions regarding land, property ownership, housing precarity, urban planning and local democracy. Heslop has a BA in Fine Art: Painting and Printmaking from the Glasgow School of Art, a Master of Fine Art from Newcastle University and a PhD in Human Geography from Durham University. She is currently a postdoctoral research fellow in Architecture at Newcastle University.

Heather Bonnie Reid is a Northern Irish artist, fiddle player and life model. Their practice is expressed through performance, writing, music and sculpture. Communicating from a space between these mediums, Reid’s art shares/charts emotional landscapes, looking for and creating sanctuary. She obtained a BA honours in Fine Art from Newcastle University in 2017. She has exhibited/performed both commissioned and independent works across the North East of England and in Bergen, Norway. Reid enjoys working with others; she has collaborated and contributed to many live works by/with other artists and musicians. She is currently working on large-scale sewn sculptures and independently hosts online life drawing events; she hopes to make new work in Northern Ireland later this year.

Janina Sabaliauskaitė is a Lithuanian born artist, independent curator, researcher and collaborator based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Since 2014 she has been working with photography, experimental film and queer archives. As an artist and curator, her work looks at the history of feminism and LGBTQ+ visibility and addresses the issues of identity, gender, sexuality and desire. Recent projects include: co-producer, Lesbian Zine Portraits, Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne (2021); co-creator and editor of LGBTQ+ printed art and media magazine, Kreives, Vilnius Queer festival (2020); co-curator of the On Our Backs: An Archive, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne (2017). Sabaliauskaitė is co-curator of the forthcoming Rimaldas Vikšraitis exhibition at Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Sunderland in 2022.