Artlink Hull have announced the recipient of the Square Peg Bursary, supported by Shape, as Shape Open artist Skye Shadowlight.

Square Peg is Artlink Hull’s wide-ranging disability and diversity arts programme, commissioned and supported by Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. As recipient of its Bursary, Skye will be working with Artlink to produce a body of new work which will be shown in the Artlink Gallery from 7 July to 28 September 2018, with an opening night on 6 July. Artlink previously hosted recent Shape exhibitions Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary: Shortlist 9 and  Oliver MacDonald - Dog Basket Baboon.

Hailing from Texas and now living and working in West Yorkshire, Skye Shadowlight is an emerging artist who has recently graduated from Leeds School of Art, Architecture and Design where she received a BA First Class Honours degree in Fine Art. Skye describes herself as a "modern day storyteller and I tell these stories through various mediums. Found objects, sculpture, room sized installation, film and performance are all part of the way that I expose us and start to build a place where we can be". Her installation 'Shade School' (below) was shown in the 2017 Shape Open 'Power: The Politics of Disability'.

Photo by Rachel Cherry

"We had a great selection of applications for the Square Peg bursary and it was tough for the judges to select just one artist, highlighting the need for opportunities for disabled artists based in the North of England," commented Kenn Taylor, Artlink's Creative Director, "We're excited though to be working with Skye Shadowlight to develop her ideas for her upcoming solo show at Artlink Hull this summer."

Banner image: Skye Shadowlight - 'Shade School'; photo by Rachel Cherry