- Online showcase of creative work
Watershed's showcase of creative work, talks, commissions, innovation, artist journals, festival diaries & archive projects
The Clark Bursary enabled artists to develop their creative practice and explore the artistic possibilities of digital technology. The awarded artists were resident at Watershed and disseminated their findings through talks, events and online documentation. The resulting work advanced both the artists’ practice and audiences’ experience of digital art.
Apr 1998 - Dec 2007
The Clark Bursary ran for 10 years from 1998 – 2007 and was a unique and innovative project in many ways, particularly in its approach to artists’ commissioning.
The aim of the bursary was to provide artists with the space to be creative and develop their digital practice in an unpressured environment without the demands of producing a final piece of artwork. The focus was squarely on development and artists were tasked with engaging the public throughout the process. The legacy of the bursary is still very much apparent with recipient artists continuing to develop and flourish in their fields.
In effect the Clark Bursary and its participating artists illustrate the creative development of a public arts venue as it engaged with digital creativity throughout a period of rapid changes in technology. The impact of the Clark’s Bursary on Watershed’s approach to digital was significant and very much informed its own creative ethos. One of the results for Watershed is the evolution of the Pervasive Media Studio.
The partners for the Bursary were the JA Clark Charitable Trust, Watershed, Arts Council of England and University of the West of England.
The Wisdom of Food Nii Obodai, recipient of the 7th Clark Bursary, explored the relationship between food, behaviour and peace.
Dream Director A multi-user interactive installation developed by Luke Jerram, recipient of the 6th Clark Bursary, which audiences experienced during their sleep.
Luke Jerram: Dream Director 2006 Clark Bursary recipient Luke Jerram documents his experiences during the realisation of his innovative 'Dream Director' project.
Come Closer Created by Squidsoup Come Closer is an infinite virtual landscape, using stereoscopic vision, that explores the relationship between sound and visuals.
The Emergent City An exploration of the developing artistic practice of Stanza, recipient of the 5th Clark Bursary UK Digital Art Award.
LoveMatch Complete artist Dane’s online test and find your perfect partner. LoveMatch was the result of the fifth Clark Digital Bursary.
Formality Duncan Speakman, recipient of the 4th Clark Bursary, presents his ideas exploring human communication through digital systems.
Ghosts Ghosts is a digital sculpture that preserves forever the transitory fragments of digital conversations.
A Personal History of Corruption This playful online artwork by Joe Magee toys with the idea of interaction and corruption.
Breath Hold Susannah Silver, recipient of the 4th Clark Bursary, presents excerpts from her dreamy two screen video installation exploring time.
Afterworld Artist Simon Poulter created Afterworld, a series of six works investigating online and offline culture, for the Clark/DA2 Bursary.
Invisible Geographies Mongrel were awarded the 1999 Clark Digital Bursary to explore the social geographies of two cities using their own software.
Wingwalkers A multimedia installation and website from 1998 exploring peoples’ experiences of and emotional responses to flying.