By: Sally Wismer

Guelph Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2014 Jane Graham Memorial Award goes to Guelph ceramicist/photographer Bunny Safari.

Bunny has been working in ceramics since 1998, although has more recently turned her attention to incorporating film photography into her ceramic work. Using vintage camera equipment, she has realized that her photography has given her the opportunity “to focus on what I see through the camera lens and its relation to a functional ceramic piece.” In order to continue this project of cross-pollination of media, Bunny submitted her application as a request for assistance to attend a 2015 workshop on “historical” photographic techniques to help her understand which processes or combination of processes best suit ceramics. The jury was impressed with Bunny’s well-thought-out plan as well as her commitment to explore early photographic techniques that will help her meet the challenges of and move forward on combining her ceramic and photographic visions.

Both Guelph Arts Council and the jury panel were extremely pleased with the applications for the 2014 Jane Graham Memorial Award, the range of artistic media represented, the varied career stages of artists and the range of professional development opportunities being sought.

Established in memory of local artist Jane Graham following her untimely death in March 2005, the Guelph Arts Council Jane Graham Memorial Fund is managed by the Guelph Community Foundation. As a result, Guelph Arts Council is annually able to assist visual artists residing and actively practising in Guelph or Wellington County, helping them to pursue professional development opportunities that will contribute to individual personal artistic growth.  

For more information about the award program, contact Guelph Arts Council at 519-836-3280 or [email protected].  For more about Bunny Safari, you can visit her website at http://guelpharts.ca/craft/bunny-safari

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