Artist Award Scheme in focus: Katie Schwab, Leo Fitzmaurice, Liam Fallon and Lilah Fowler
Recently, the Henry Moore Foundation awarded more than £60,000 of funding to directly assist 40 artists in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Each week will be focusing on a selection of those artists and celebrating the work that they do.
Katie Schwab, A Working Building, 2019
Photo: Andy Ford
“This nomination came as a wonderful surprise and I feel very honoured and moved to be considered for such a generous award scheme. It will be a huge support during this strange and difficult time, thank you so much.”
Working with textiles, furniture and moving image, Katie Schwab's research-based practice explores underrepresented histories of domestic and civic design. In particular, her work focuses on the often overlooked designs of women artists and émigré designers from the interwar and postwar period.
Embedded in the communities and contexts in which she works, Katie's long-term projects incorporate collaborative workshops, oral history interviews, archival research and craft-based learning.
Find out more: katieschwab.com
Leo Fitzmaurice, Stiff, 2020, enamel on cast bronze
Courtesy The Sunday Painter & Contemporary Sculpture Fulmer
“I have held the Henry Moore Foundation in the highest regard for many years now, so it is with particular pleasure that I receive this award. I look forward to spending the time that the grant will afford me.”
An artist with an enduring interest in the everyday world, Leo Fitzmaurice frames the familiar and overlooked in a new light.
Fitzmaurice exhibited at the Henry Moore Institute in 2011, as part of the exhibition Undone: Making and Unmaking in Contemporary Culture. In 2012 he was awarded the 5th Northern Art Prize.
Find out more: leofitzmaurice.com
Liam Fallon, Handstand (English Rose), 2020, jesmonite, polyurethane foam, MDF, paint
Image courtesy the artist
“When I first started studying sculpture, my tutor at the time told me that his very own referee to allow him to study at university was in fact Henry Moore. I spent so long looking at his work both in books and in person so to be in this situation and to win one of these awards as well as being recognised and acknowledged by the foundation is a dream come true!”
Liam Fallon's practice explores the diverse landscape of queer culture, with a particular emphasis placed upon the binary of private and public space. His colourful, blocky sculpture are reminiscent of pop art and classic cartoons, imbued with coded messages that speak about identity, sex and love.
Seen as a constellation of objects and structures tied together by stories of loss and yearning, his work resonates on an emotional or sentimental level, anthropomorphising the works and casting them in a new light.
Find out more: liam-fallon.com
Lilah Fowler, installation view of Code Clay, Data Dirt at Firstsite, Colchester 2019
Image courtesy the artist
“My motivations to make physical artwork have been ambivalent recently; it hasn’t felt like the right time to be making more objects. I have instead been focusing on making and thinking activities that allow things to evolve, regardless of its form. This research is time-based and is an investment to learn, grow, develop and cultivate – quite literally, as I have been planting a dye garden for my weaving yarn. This grant is an enormous support to allow me time to keep exploring in an open-ended way.”
Interested in how we interpret our surroundings, Lilah Fowler draws on the languages of natural, architectural and digital spaces to create intricate installations. Working with sculpture, weaving, architectural interventions, sound and video, her practice considers the intertwining of digital and material worlds, visualising and making tangible the algorithms and data that underpin modern life.
Find out more: lilahfowler.com