Brigitte Mierau - Self Portrait

Brigitte Mierau – Self Portrait

A big congratulations to BA Drawing final year student, Brigitte Mierau, who has been awarded a residency with The SHM Foundation

The SHM Foundation are going to help Brigitte develop her artist game that deals with one of the big themes of our time: social division.  The residency lasts for one year and they will give Brigitte £10,000 and a team of people to help her to develop the game.

Whilst writing  her dissertation, Brigitte became interested in social division and a lack of understanding between the rich and powerful, ordinary people and those living in poverty.  Looking into possibilities of reversing this alienation, Brigitte came across current scientific research proving that stories are the perfect vehicles for creating understanding and empathy. This gave her the idea for an artist game that would use storytelling and game playing in order to reach and engage people from all walks of life. Its goal is one of empathy rather than victory and its mode of operation will be collaboration and problem solving instead of conflict.

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts and providing communities and individuals with the practical tools to develop solutions and social change.  The Foundation’s board loved Brigitte’s proposal and as well as providing her with financial support to realise her project, Brigitte will also get access to the Foundation’s academic and professional expertise when she starts this August.

Brigitte’s degree show piece, a six panel textile comic strip, is currently on display at the College until 22 June 2013.

Well done Brigitte!