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Artist Award Scheme in focus: Emily Hesse, Flora Parrott, Hetain Patel and James Clarkson

    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 four of those artists and celebrating the work that they do.

    Emily Hesse

     

    “Receiving this award will allow me to continue my thinking and practice as an artist at such a difficult moment in time for us all and for that I am incredibly grateful.”

    Emily Hesse

    Rooted in the post-industrial landscape of Middlesborough, Emily Hesse's interdisciplinary practice spans performance, drawing, writing, and ceramics made from local clay, dug from the ground herself. Her work seeks to challenge the marginalisation of her community, using the materiality of the land itself - bricks, wood, rope, fragments of Teeside's industrial heritage, and of course the clay - as a self-described 'physical form of protest'.

    Find out more: emilyhesse.com

    Flora Parrott

     

    “Receiving the award will help to cover the costs of materials, childcare and my studio; this will allow me to continue to develop the work that was paused during the Covid-19 lockdown. The support is invaluable and gives me the opportunity to rebuild a momentum in my practice that seemed out of reach only a few weeks ago.”

    Flora Parrott

    With a longstanding interest in underground spaces, Flora Parrott uses print, textiles and sculpture to explore subterranean experiences, the ways darkness restructures our senses, and the 'undefeatable depths of the earth'. Her work is often multidisciplinary in nature, with collaborations between herself and earth scientists, experimental geographers, and evolutionary biologists.

    Find out more: floraparrott.com

    Hetain Patel

     

    “I was surprised and grateful to be nominated for this award. To be given some no-strings-attached funding is providing some much needed breathing space to continue my practice during this difficult time.”

    Hetain Patel

    Hetain Patel uses humour, pop culture and langue to destabilise notions of 'authenticity'. Working autobiographically, he uses the lived experiences of himself and his family to highlight the familiar within the exotic, and the conflicts, contradictions and absurdities in our assumptions about race and identity.

    Patel often works collaboratively, with dancers, performers and artists across disciplines, including his car mechanic father, with whom he made a 'working class Transformer robot' from a 1988 Ford Fiesta.

    Find out more: hetainpatel.com

    James Clarkson

     

    “I feel privileged to have received the Henry Moore Artist Award, which will make a big impact to the development of a series of new sculptures I am working on for a solo exhibition in January 2021.”

    James Clarkson

    James Clarkson’s work investigates the relationship between everyday objects, culture and technology. Underpinned by a fetishised interest into materiality, his sculptures appear as ghostly bodies, acting as a reflection on art history, industrial production and our daily lives.

    Find out more: james-clarkson.co.uk