In response to the current Covid-19 pandemic The Mead Family Foundation and Bramley Studio have been working on ways to assist artists in need of extra support at this time.
In March artist Matthew Burrow initiated the @artistsupportpledge encouraging artists to support each other by selling their work on Instagram, and once they reach £1000 of sales, they pledge to buy an artwork from a fellow artist taking part. Anyone can purchase an artwork, and on behalf of Bramley Studio all studio team members each purchased a work in support of the project and artists.
Secondly, as a direct and more long-term plan to support artists in this challenging climate, Bramley Studio has begun a new 'Instagram Takeover' program @BramleyStudio. Selected artists will be invited and supported to 'takeover' the new Instagram account for a week, sharing their artistic practice and processes. In the same spirit as the UAL Mead Awards, the intention is to support artists and the development of their practice.
Bramley Studio is a creative hub established and led by Scott Mead with an emphasis on photography, creative engagement, and connection with the local community and beyond.
Bramley Studio Instagram Takeover Artists
Monica Alcazar-Duarte (16th - 20th June)
Monica Alcazar-Duarte is a British-Mexican multidisciplinary artist. Born in Mexico City and being a migrant, has deeply influenced her way of thinking and seeing. Sense of loss, insecurity, need for equality, internal chaos, transitioning between places, and the uneasiness that derives from it, play an important role in her work.
During her Instagram takeover Monica introduced her ongoing project 'Second Nature' about algorithms and bias.
Monica was a recipient of the UAL Mead Fellowship with her project 'Forerunners' in 2014.
James Rogers (19th - 23rd May)
Sculptor and printmaker James Rogers' work explores figuration in the realm of post digital, employing and hacking 3D printing methods to work with, iron, copper, bronze, and precious materials. James studied at Camberwell College of Arts and was awarded the UAL Mead Scholarship in 2015.
James Hopkirk (5th - 9th May)
James Hopkirk is a freelance writer and photographer and introduced his ongoing project South London Stories, offering an important a view of London that is rarely seen and voices that are too often ignored. James was a recipient of the UAL Mead Fellowship in 2017.