Photography students win £500 bursary from Genesis Imaging

Final Year BA (Hons) Photography students Ashley Kirk and Lauren Mustoe have been awarded £500 worth of production services to help them in the production of their degree show, courtesy of Genesis Imaging.

Final Year BA (Hons) Photography students Ashley Kirk and Lauren Mustoe have been awarded £500 worth of production services to help them in the production of their degree show, courtesy of Genesis Imaging.

Genesis Imaging is a leading supplier of photographic printing, professional mounting and bespoke framing services. They have been printing and offering professional expertise and advice to the Victoria & Albert Museum, White Cube, The Tate Modern, Flowers East, Freeze, Photo London, Photographers Gallery, and to a range of international artists. Genesis Imaging has continued to support our final year photography students with the The Genesis Student Bursaries now being in its sixth year.

Our students were invited to submit their work for an initial review before being called back for small seminar-style sessions. The aim of the sessions was to give the students the opportunity to discuss their projects in more detail with both the judges and their peers.

Mark Foxwell, Genesis' Creative Director, and Louise Clements, Co-Founder of Format International Photography Festival and Artistic Director at Derby Quad, chose the winners of the annual bursary awards.

"We are delighted that Mark and Louise Clements continue to endorse and celebrate the excellent work made by our students. The students endeavour to create work that is meaningful and finds a place within society that says something. The awards are a celebration of creative ambition for our students to extend and further their portfolios as they graduate and enter the professional world." said Max Kandhola, course Leader BA (Hons) Photography.

Winner, Ashley Kirk explained the concept behind his work: "The work I submitted is called Draycott and Wilne. The saying 'you don't know what you've got until its gone' is a good starting point when explaining my current work, which is centred on the village that I live in.

"I have only lived in the village of Draycott since October 2014 and from the beginning I recognised how strong its community spirit was and automatically felt the urge to be a part of the village in more of a way than just a spectator."

Genesis Imaging commented: "Graduates from the Photography course at Nottingham Trent are bright, self-aware and forward-thinking photographers and it is never a decision made in haste of which students receive our production bursaries and support from Genesis. As always, this year has been exceptionally difficult to select the award winners but we have thoroughly enjoyed working with Ashley Kirk and Lauren Mustoe on their respective projects."

When asked how it felt to win, Ashley told us: "I was absolutely gob smacked as this was the first award I'd ever won for any of my photographic work. The award not only took a lot of worry off of how much it would cost for me to get my printing done for my degree show, but it definitely gave my practice credibility due to gaining exposure through winning the award.

"Winning the award was really the second bonus to this whole experience as being able to sit in a room and discuss my work with two significant figures who know a lot about photography, was in itself a great opportunity. Being successful in gaining this bursary award gave me the confidence I needed to continue on with this work."

Photography students win £500 bursary from Genesis Imaging

Published on 6 July 2015
  • Category: School of Art & Design

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