UAL is pleased to announce the recipients of the inaugural Mead Scholarships and Fellowships. The Mead Scholarships and Fellowships support talented students and graduates who have demonstrated outstanding ideas and excellence in practice across a wide range of creative sectors, or the use of creative solutions in other sectors.

Cosmogenic Bloom - Iyvone Khoo
Cosmogenic Bloom by Iyvone Khoo

A diverse spread of more than 140 submissions were received from across all colleges, and after a rigorous shortlisting and judging process, we are pleased to announce the following recipients; ranging from re-imagined cartography as photography and publication; glass sculpture that fuses art, science and technology; a temporary outdoor installation on farmland; a fashion project using innovative seam-bonding techniques and a fashion project utilising and reviving hand-embroidery techniques in a contemporary way.

Mead Fellowships:

Luca Spano

A graduate in MA Photography (2012) from London College of Communication, Luca is interested in investigating the relationship between representation, images and the experienced world. His fellowship project, ‘EKAF’, aims to create a visual and narrative documentation about an unreal place using visual contents and texts inspired by real places. The project outcome will be an artist book which uses a mix of form and contents to stimulate uncertainty about the idea of reality. The conceptual goal of this operation is to create doubts and hesitation about our filtered relationship with the experienced world and its representation.

Iyvone Khoo

Iyvone graduated from MA Fine Arts (2012) at Central St Martins, and was recently awarded the Berengo Student Prize. Iyvone’s artwork often uses lens-based media as a way to explore glimpses of an experience using the camera as her surrogate eyes. She wanted to use this opportunity to create the project ‘Light Conversation with Techno-luminoids’, which is a fusion of mediums at the intersection of art, science and technology. Her project probes the phenomenon of bioluminescence to re-imagine ways of experiencing light and communication. Iyvone expressed, “My aim is to investigate the interrelationships between Man and Nature through the intervention of Technology.”

Mead Scholarships:

Eleanor McDonald

Currently in her second year in BA Fashion (Menswear) at Central St Martins, Eleanor McDonald’s project, ‘Seam Sealed, Bonded and Ultra-sonic‘, will form the base of her graduate collection and allow more extensive development into an area that is at the cutting edge of the fashion industry. Her project centres around using the techniques of seam-sealing, bonding and most excitingly ultra-sonic welding, to create a hybrid of traditionally tailored menswear with the sensibility and functionality of performance sportswear. Eleanor is ecstatic about this opportunity, “This scholarship is an amazing opportunity for me, and has made the whole idea of ultra-sonic welding a realistic and attainable goal! I would have tried to do this project without the help the Mead Scholarship has given me, but I don’t think it would have been possible to fully realise the project without their help.”

Kare Keddie

Kara is moving on to her final year in BA Fashion (Menswear) at Central St Martins, and would like to use the Mead Scholarship to develop her expertise in embroidery and print, and to promote the use of traditional hand techniques and the use of heritage hand woven fabric within the fashion and textiles industry. She would like to further her creative practice knowledge and skills in hand embroidery, in addition to learning the traditional process of weaving British made fabric Harris Tweed.

Phoebe Baines

Phoebe is a second year BA Fine Art (Sculpture) student at Wimbledon College of Art.  This year, her practice has developed into an interest in temporary large-scale sculptures and installations. Her project ‘Down Not Up’ is an exploration of the potential of temporary outdoor installations and the limitations of the materials. The project will result in several different installations located at different rural sites around the UK, made from everyday, low- grade industrial materials.

Scott Mead said of this year’s winners:

“I was delighted to see an extraordinarily high level of creativity and quality in the submissions for the inaugural Mead Scholarship and Fellowship.  It is a privilege to be able to support this talented group of young artists and hopefully help facilitate their artistic development at this early stage in their careers”.

Bonded Suit cut in one piece - Eleanor McDonald
Bonded Suit cut in one piece – Eleanor McDonald

Applicants were assessed on a variety of criteria, including the extent to which proposals were persuasive and well-articulated, detailing evidence of a high level of academic attainment and excellence in practice and how the proposed research, practice or social enterprise outcomes and any anticipated wider benefits to an industry, sector or community.

For more information on the Mead Scholarships and Fellowships, as well as UAL’s other funding opportunities, please visit the SEE website.