Miranda Melbourne awarded Anthony Earnshaw Bursary 2020

01 July 2020

The Anthony Earnshaw Bursary 2020 has been awarded to Miranda Melbourne, Access to HE Diploma student, who received the prize on the strength of their Drawing a Day project.

Miranda documented one piece of work each day for 272 days, covering the period before and after the Covid-19 lockdown. The result is a fascinating and varied body of work including painting, drawing, photography, collage and film. 

Image: Miranda Melbourne, Drawing a Day: 91, 8 December 2020

The judging panel were impressed by Miranda’s application which they said was playful and engaging and answered the brief exceptionally well. Miranda will receive a cash award of £500.

On receiving the award Miranda said ‘The experience allowed me to explore many creative avenues and to put on paper ideas that I wouldn’t normally explore, reflecting my thoughts and interests over each day. The rapidly changing times have produced new challenges for my classmates and I, for which we have adapted our art to cope. I really appreciate being chosen for the award.’

Runners up were fellow students Clare O'Hara and Annie Cunniffe.

Image: Miranda Melbourne

Image: Miranda Melbourne, Drawing a Day: 146, 31 Jan 2020. 

The bursary, now in its fourth year, was set up by artist Patrick Hughes in memory of his friend, the surrealist artist and fellow alumni, Anthony Earnshaw. The bursary is awarded annually to students studying Access to HE Diploma (Art & Design) at Leeds Arts University.

Anthony Earnshaw was born in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, in 1924. He began work as an engineering fitter and a crane driver, painting and drawing in his time off. In the 1950s Earnshaw worked at Leeds College of Art, now Leeds Arts University, and later taught in Harrogate, Bradford and Leeds. In 1985 Earnshaw decided to pursue his artistic career full-time. Earnshaw’s work is held in public collections, including Tate; Arts Council England; Leeds Art Gallery; Graves Gallery, Sheffield, and The Sherwin Collection, Leeds.

Image: Miranda Melbourne, Drawing a Day: 250, 13 May 2020.

You can see Miranda’s work on the Leeds Arts University online exhibition here and the full drawing a day project here