Artist Development : Pennie Elfick

We are proudly supporting the SAW Artist Development Programme this year and hosting Pennie Elfick, who has been awarded an Artist Development Bursary, at this year’s Somerset Art Weeks Festival: 21st September – 6th October.

Pennie received an MA in painting from Wimbledon School of Art. Using the environment to inform her work, her interest is in spaces made by buildings, shadows and negative shapes.  The 2D work is now being used to inform new 3D work, the spaces and shadows cast by the sculpture informing the new paintings completing a circular thought pattern. Elfick also works with found objects integrating them into her practice so that new and old pieces work together


In the last couple of years, I have started to develop a new body of work in 3D form, including free-standing outdoor pieces and wall hanging sculptures. Whilst I have been exploring preliminary ideas for this new work it became clear that I lacked some of the technical skills required.  So, this bursary will enable me to acquire new skills both manual and digital, allowing me to pursue another way of working. In the next 6 months, I will be working with specialists, such as model makers and cabinet makers, and attend a short course in welding at Bath College.  I will be developing a new project and working towards a new commission at Clayhill Arts for Somerset Art Weeks Festival 2019.

You can read more about the development of this project on Pennie’s blog

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