AGE AT AWARD: 24
ARTFORMS: Visual Arts
It has been a long-held ambition of Glasgow School of Art graduate, Caroline Walker, to study painting in London. Brought up in Dunfermline, Caroline completed her first degree in 2004 and went on to work as a gallery assistant to support her painting practice. In 2007 she applied for, and won on her first application, a place on the highly-competitive MA Painting course at the Royal College of Art.
Since graduating from GSA, Caroline has exhibited widely across Scotland, the UK and abroad. In 2006 her work was selected for the highly prestigious John Moore 24 exhibition of painting at the Walker Gallery in Liverpool. She is remembered by her tutors as one of the best students to have come through the GSA in the last 10 years and was one of the most naturally talented painters in her year.
Whilst many students do well at art school and produce works of high quality, only few of them have that extra something which turns them into artists. Caroline is considered to possess those qualities of drive, determination and intelligence to enable her to become a Scottish painter of rare quality.
How the Award Helped
The Dewar Arts Award will help towards the considerable expenses to pursue a 2-year Masters in Painting at the RCA.
Since the Award
At the end of her two years' postgraduate study at RCA, Caroline received 3 awards: The Tom Bendhem Drawing Prize, The Neville Burston Award for a painting student and The Valerie Beston Young Artist Award which provides her with free studio space for a year. All her paintings in the final show were purchased. Caroline writes, "I genuinely feel that my success at the degree show and the recognition my work has received is the result of having been able to fully commit to the course, which was enabled by the funding from the Dewar Arts Award."
I am looking forward to starting my MA course .. and I am sure it will help me develop my work and open up opportunities for my future career.
Caroline's work was showcased as part of our Tenth Anniversary Celebrations. Find out more here.