For the third year in a row, city livery company the Worshipful Company of Painters-Stainers has generously offered a £10,000 bursary to a first year BA Fine Art student at Chelsea College of Arts in recognition of their painting work. The 2016 winner was selected in June and this year’s award has been given to Ryan Tennant.
His work was selected from that of five students in total in what the judges referred to as an extremely difficult choice. Making the decision were: Ian Rowley, Clerk of The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers and artists Ken Howard RA and Ben Sullivan.
Ryan will receive the £10,000 award over the next two years of study here at Chelsea, which will allow him to buy materials as he completes his degree which will enhance his practice and allow him to explore other areas.
Ryan says of his work, “I am currently working with ideas surrounding dream and memory, it is a natural progression [of this work] to gain a further understanding of territories surrounding the self and sub-conscious”.
“I will strive to venture into sculpture, a medium not yet travelled – it would provide a challenge [for me] and create a more sturdy foundation on which to base future paintings and drawings”