Local arts graduate in line for £30k scholarship

Charis - in line for a £30,000 scholarship
Charis – in line for a £30,000 scholarship

A FORMER MORAY College UHI Arts student is in line for a major scholarship having been selected for the final 10 candidates from 1104 applicants.

Charis Edward-Wells now has an opportunity to net £30,000 in funding support from the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship programme.

The funding is aimed at supporting an artist’s project and support needs for a full year – taking their practice to the next level and working with a Sky Academy mentor.

Charis was a first-class honours graduate in fine art from the Moray School of Art in 2015 – and has since opened her own studio in Elgin and is busy working on a number of projects. If she is successful in winning the scholarship she will use it to create, manage and fund art events over the next year in Elgin as part of her ‘Flash Flood’ project.

Charis said: “I am thrilled to be in the top ten for the Sky Academy Visual Art Scholarship and really glad the panel have recognised the strength of my proposal and project and I’m looking forward to bringing some national focus on the visual art sector in Elgin and Moray.”

Charis’ project is to create a culturally curated town in Elgin, and said that if successful her scholarship award she would like to hear from people who have “a wee project that you want to do in Elgin, give me a shout and lets discuss what we can make happen.”