FCA is pleased to offer Dawn McIntyre a Training Bursary

Full Circle Arts is pleased to announce that they have offered ten bursaries of a maximum of £1000 to emerging disabled artists or disabled led arts groups. Here Dawn McIntyre tells us a bit about herself and what the bursary will be used for:

“Manchester born and bred I now base my art in Lancashire and South Wales. After an eventful few years, in which I had a brain haemorrhage, a stroke and epilepsy, I resurrected my art skills to redevelop my memory, adapt to working with my weakened limbs and manage my tiredness, developing positive outcomes.

portrait of the artists mother oil on canvas

Twenty five years ago I completed a project on self-portrait and several years ago I attended a portrait painting course led by Tanya Raabe-Webber. I followed this up by painting my mother’s portrait this year. Hopefully in the next few weeks I will complete an updated self-portrait.

a collage using paint and newspaper. RIP Diesel

To develop my portrait painting skills I will be attending the Art and Anatomy course at Ruskin School of Art. Here I will learn how to structure a portrait based on the build of the skull, skeleton and musculature. Following the course I would like to paint portraits of artists with disabilities carrying out their artistic activities. I will use the skills I have gathered to understand how disability diversifies the body structure.

There is a lot of interest at the moment in portrait painting, with David Hockney’s portrait exhibition and Tanya Raabe-Webber’s ‘Portrait Untold’ project. I hope attending the Art and Anatomy course will help me to develop my skills in portraiture and enable me to work towards an exhibition.”

Watch this space for progress updates!