Flame from Martin Joiner's film

Graduate wins first fellowship

The first ever Appledore Arts Fellowship has been awarded to former Somerset College student Martin Joiner who will display his work at the celebrated North Devon arts festival.

The fellowship is awarded to just one West Country artist who meets the theme of the Appledore Visual Arts Festival and can demonstrate interaction with the community. Martin, from Taunton, was awarded the bursary following a four way competition against other graduates.

Martin will display his thought provoking video installation on the subject of bored teenagers. He is installing two large projection screens in a small room above Appledore library that will play the film on a loop.

Martin explained: ‘The project is about bored teenagers, and the orbiting factors around them. The work has grown from a tiny idea to a massive project and as a result I've chosen not to reach conclusions but instead offer observations. I can see myself continuing to work on this concept even after the festival.

‘Video installation is my preferred medium but during this project I have begun to question that. However, it remains an installation and people will walk into the room and see the film playing on two synchronised screens, one on each side of the room. It is a bit like stereo sound, but is stereo vision.'

Martin graduated last year with a First Class award on the first ever BA (Hons) Fine Art course to be delivered at Somerset College, in partnership with the University of Plymouth.

Stuart Rosamond, Head of Fine Art at Somerset College, said: ‘Martin was an original talent. I am so pleased that he won the first ever Appledore Fellowship.

‘We have a longstanding six year relationship with the Appledore Visual Arts Festival and with the Festival organiser, Sandy Brown. For the second year running our final year Foundation Degree students will open the show.'

Appledore Visual Arts Festival takes place between Thursday 28 May and Sunday 31 May in Appledore, North Devon.

For further information on university courses delivered at Somerset College, including FdA Fine Art and BA (Hons) Fine Art, click here. Alternatively contact (01823) 366 331 or email. Somerset College offers Higher Education courses in partnership with the University of Plymouth.