Spike Island

2013-14 Graduate Fellows

Each year Spike Island works with University of the West of England and Falmouth University to provide support and opportunities for promising graduates of their BA Fine Art programmes through an open call to their students.

We’re delighted to announce that Joshua Johnson and Emma Lilwall have been selected as the 2013-14 UWE Graduate Fellows, and that Sam Cotterell has been selected as the 2013-14 Falmouth Graduate Resident. Joshua and Emma will receive studio space for a year from mid-October, while Sam will undertake a three-month residency from late September.

All three will join current UWE Graduate Fellows Sebastian Jefford and Menna Cominetti and Falmouth Graduate Resident Elisa Juncosa Umaran to present their work in a public event on Tuesday 8 October at 6pm.

Joshua Johnson graduated from the UWE Art and Visual Culture programme in 2013. His work focuses on the deceptively real physicality of the model and its reality as a suggestion of an, at present, unrealised idea. Drawing on the legacy of the social utopian architecture of modernism and wider social, political and architectural history, Johnson scrutinises the viewer’s often misplaced trust in the model and the apparent failures that occur during its transmutation into the conclusion.

Emma Lilwall (1972) has been performing in bands at raves, underground venues and free parties since the early 90s, having worked alongside many key figures from the UK punk, ska and reggae scene. After winning the GANE Scholarship in 2012 she travelled to New York to train with the Meredith Monk ensemble and intern with Janet Cardiff/Bures Millar. Recent exhibitions and performances include Entre Chien et Loup at Bristol Diving School and Rottekrebs in Linz, Austria (2012), Art is not a Metaphor at 44AD Artspace, Bath (2013) and Interim at Philadelphia St Gallery, Bristol (2013).  After winning UWE’s Exhibition Competition, she co-curated Domino Effect at Motorcade FlashParade and online (2012), and POTLATCH at Motorcade FlashParade and 44AD Artspace (2013). Lilwall recently completed a joint residency with musical duo Bambino del Oro at Ovada Warehouse, Oxford (June 2013).  

Sam Cotterell (1989) was born in Cheltenham and studied Fine Art at Falmouth University. His work recycles outmoded technologies and erased cultures in the attempt to loosen the imaginative restrictions determined by consumerism. At present he is working on a project titled Warren and Leah, which gathers together the history of enclosure, name origins and a retold medieval romance.