Cultivate@Courtyard Private View 2021

In July we were so pleased to host our annual Private View for the Cultivate@Courtyard project. It was a wonderful chance for the artists, family, friends and supporters to experience the art in person. The event was also accompanied by the wonderful sounds of Mice in a Matchbox performing live.

Maria Morgan mentored the four Cultivate Artists and oversaw their work throughout numerous lockdowns.

Megan Thimm stood next to art at the exhibition            Rowan Bretherton stood next to art at the exhibition            Sophie Campbell stood next to art at the exhibition

It is so great to be able to offer young people in this county the opportunity to exhibit work in The Courtyard Gallery and give them the experience of working as a professional artist. And The Cultivate Project does just that, providing rare and valuable learning for up and coming artists.” David Durant

Anna Brennand, former Chief Executive of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, a world Heritage Site in Shropshire, adjudicated the exhibition. Anna has a wealth of experience in multi-million pound redevelopment projects and these projects have won many awards. A qualified accountant, Anna has previously worked at a senior level in a FTSE 100 firm of international money brokers and also in the leisure and hospitality industry as well as central Government. Most recently, Anna has been CEO of a rural regeneration charity in north-east Scotland developing plans for an historic whisky distillery. And now Anna is CEO for The Sidney Nolan Trust overseeing the gallery and Nolan’s art work.

Cultivate artists 2021 - six people standing in the gallery           Cultivate@Courtyard Private View 2021 - Three people chatting about cultivate exhibition

As adjudicator, Anna had the role of awarding the artist that has best met the brief the grant. Matthew Harris was the winner of this year’s grant!

Cultivate@Courtyard 2021 Winner Matthew Harris - artist in front of his work

We hope to bring Cultivate@Courtyard back again in 2022! View the Cultivate@Courtyard 2021 exhibition virtually