Heanor-based artist Kerri Pratt is based at Banks Mill Studios in Derby working on a nine-month residency through the prestigious biennial Vickers Fine Art Award, now in its sixth year.
An exhibition at Banks Mill, Bridge Street, Derby, from July 1-29, will offer visitors a preview of a selection of new work created during the residency which will form part of the final exhibition at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery later this year in September to November.
The award is open to emerging painters from across the UK with the successful artist receiving a bursary of £18,000, a studio, a contribution to the cost of materials and a nine-month period of support and mentoring.
Foundation Derbyshire, who run the award, aims to develop a collection of contemporary art produced by rising artists which will be nationally important and will enrich the cultural life of Derbyshire.
During the residency, Kerri will produce a portfolio of new work for solo exhibitions at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery and at The Dome at the University of Derby Buxton campus.
To read more about the award and Kerri’s work visit www.vickersartaward.co.uk
Kerri commented: “Sense of place is an underpinning theme in my previous work, added to this the fact that I have lived in Derbyshire all of my life, gives this residency a personal connection. Taking inspiration from my surroundings, my focus of Our Treasure Houses will reflect on my childhood experience of growing up in an ex-mining town, when the demise of previously thriving industries of Collieries, Potteries, pipe works and brickworks were all too prominent. Acknowledging the fact that we live in an ever-changing landscape, I will be re-visiting relics of a past era across the county to inspire paintings full of remnants and traces of Derbyshire’s Industrial heritage.”