Artist plans to head Down Un­der thanks to Fer­gus­son award

Ex­am­ple of artist’s work will be added to Fer­gus­son Gallery col­lec­tion

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Richard Bur­dge rbur­dge@the­courier.co.uk

A young Scot­tish il­lus­tra­tor and sculp­tor is to travel half-way around the world thanks to the en­dur­ing legacy of an artist who has be­come syn­ony­mous with Perth.

The JD Fer­gus­son Arts Award Trust aims to en­cour­age promis­ing Scot­tish artists by giv­ing an an­nual award.

Awards are given in al­ter­nat­ing years for ex­hi­bi­tion and travel.

This year’s travel award win­ner is Jen­nifer Argo, a vis­ual artist, il­lus­tra­tor, sculp­tor and grad­u­ate of Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, who is orig­i­nally from the north-east.

Yes­ter­day she was in Perth to re­ceive the £4,000 award that will al­low her to head to New Zealand for two months.

“I am re­ally ex­cited. It is a great op­por­tu­nity,” said Jen­nifer, 28.

She stud­ies the struc­ture of na­ture on a large and small scale, from con­stel­la­tions and sites of spe­cial ge­o­log­i­cal in­ter­est, down to those of neu­ral cells, molec­u­lar tis­sue and botan­i­cal struc­tures.

Her pro­posal to un­der­take a pe­riod of re­search and ex­plo­ration in New Zealand, to gather im­agery and gain in­spi­ra­tion from its unique land­scape stood out for the judges, and fits well with the na­tional theme of In­no­va­tion, Ar­chi­tec­ture and De­sign for 2016.

Fol­low­ing her jour­ney to New Zealand, Jen­nifer hopes to cre­ate new sculp­tural and il­lus­tra­tive work as well as ar­chi­tec­tural in­stal­la­tions and habi­tats.

The visit will also feed into Jen­nifer’s col­lab­o­ra­tive prac­tice with ar­chi­tects, cre­at­ing sanc­tu­ary spa­ces.

An ex­am­ple from the re­sult­ing body of work will be se­lected for in­clu­sion in the Fer­gus­son Gallery’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion in a gallery ded­i­cated to the artist on Perth’s Tay Street.

To view im­ages of the artist’s re­cent work and projects go to www.jen­nifer­argo.com

Air­borne, the ex­hi­bi­tion of work by 2015 Ex­hi­bi­tion Award win­ner Sushiela Jamieson, is on show at the Fer­gus­son Gallery un­til Tues­day.

The JD Fer­gus­son Art Award is open to all artists who were born in Scot­land or have spent more than half their life here, are not cur­rently in full-time education and have not re­ceived any ma­jor awards within the last two years.

Pic­ture: Kim Cess­ford.

Jen­nifer Argo with one of her pieces.

The Fer­gus­son Gallery in Perth.

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