A final year student from the University of Newcastle, Department of Architecture has been awarded the Belsay Fellowship. Ciarán Treanor won the prize with his taupe-hued artwork ‘Wild Horses’, after visiting Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens and being inspired by a lawn area near the stable block and Castle. The ‘seemingly random organic shapes’ of his winning design resolve into a number of coherent images that directly reference the aforementioned stable block. The Fellowship enables a young, emerging artist to exhibit their work alongside leading contemporary artists in the English Heritage exhibition, Extraordinary Measures.
25 year old Ciarán has been supported in this venture by GRADONARCHITECTURE, who have mentored him throughout the design process and liaised with Ciarán and steel fabrication contractors to allow his designs to become a reality. Graham McDarby, design director of GRADONARCHITECTURE, said: “It is important to GRADONARCHITECTURE that we support the future of the industry and nurture the talent coming through our local universities. Ciarán is a great example of this and with his talent, our guidance and contacts he has brought the arts and architecture together perfectly.”
When asked about his winning design, Ciarán said: “This site was interesting to me as I felt a sense of loss there and a sense of forgotten history. My research revealed that this was where the carriages would have arrived at the old Castle, but there was no archaeological evidence as to where the horses were kept so Wild Horses came to symbolise how I felt about the site. It was an extremely unique challenge and I’m very excited about what doors it’s going to open for me – to show my work in the same exhibition as such prestigious artists is a fantastic opportunity.”
Ciaran’s work, ‘Wild Horses’ can be seen at Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens in Northumberland from 1st May – 26th September 2010. The exhibition also includes work from Mosedale Gillatt Architects and an architectural structure from German contemporary artists Mariele Neudecker.