Sky Academy announced the five artists aged 18-30 who have each been awarded a Sky Academy Arts Scholarship, including Kevin Gaffney, a 28 year old visual artist from Dublin, working in photography and film. Revealed at the South Bank Sky Arts Awards the five winners will each receive £30,000/€38,000 towards the development of an artistic project and the cost of living for one year, along with mentoring from Sky and the Arts industry. The Scholarships aim to help young artists across Ireland and the UK to develop their creative practice and take their work to the next level. This year, four scholarships were awarded in the UK and one scholarship was awarded exclusively to an Irish applicant.
Kris Nelson, Director of the Tiger Dublin Fringe and ambassador for the Irish scholarship, said “I’m delighted for Irish winner Kevin Gaffney and all the nominees. Kevin’s work is bold, brave and unusual – he is an artist working with tremendous insight, powerful images and personal context to create stunning video and art works in Ireland and abroad. I’m sure that the Sky Academy Arts Scholarship will help him take his projects to the next level, fostering new collaborations and higher profile for his work.”