I’m so thrilled to have won the 2021 ACS Studio Prize!
‘This year’s ACS Studio Prize was judged by artists Paul Huxley RA and Bob and Roberta Smith RA, alongside ACS Managing Director Harriet Bridgeman CBE. The panel deliberated over a shortlist of 27 artists from the UK and Europe, before unanimously awarding the Prize to Dorcas Casey.’
My sculptures ‘Leeches’ and ‘Pain for Home’ were selected for FRESH 2021 at the British Ceramics Biennial where I won a FRESH Award to undertake a residency in the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Centre in Denmark.
‘Three early career artists at a launch moment in their creative practice have been awarded Fresh residency opportunities. Dorcas Casey, Nico Conti and Leora Honeyman were chosen from 25 artists from UK and Ireland exhibiting in BCB’s Fresh exhibition, which celebrates and gives a critical platform for the new wave of makers, artists and designers working in clay as they begin their creative careers.’
I am over the moon to have been awarded an Arts Council DYCP ‘Develop Your Creative Practice’ Grant.
‘Developing your Creative Practice (DYCP) supports individuals who are cultural and creative practitioners and want to take time to focus on their creative development. It encourages development by allowing artists and cultural practitioners to innovate and take creative risks, work in new ways and to eventually reach new audiences. ‘
I am delighted to have been elected as an academician at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.
‘As a Royal Academy of Art, the RWA has professional artists at its heart, with a membership of around 150 Academicians who are elected by their peers. Academicians are artists at the forefront of their profession who are committed to contributing to the success and future of the RWA.’
My Extinction Procession Beasts featured in the beautiful film: Live at Worthy Farm, the Glastonbury Festival Global Livestream broadcast on BBC2. Luckily the rain held off for a few hours in Somerset while we installed my Beasts for filming.
The collaborative banner I made with Somerset students is featured in the new book Women Making History.
Women Making History is a unique, fully-illustrated collection of all 100 banners commissioned as part of PROCESSIONS. For this project, one hundred women artists were commissioned to work with organisations and communities across the UK to create one hundred centenary bannersinspired by the banners made by the suffragists and suffragettes. This book is the first opportunity to see each of the 100 banners up close in all their stunning detail and features new essays from iconic women including Dame Helen Pankhurst, June Sarpong and Saoirse Monica Jackson.
I have been invited to be on the panel to judge this year’s Broomhill National Sculpture prize. Looking forward to seeing all the proposals and sculptures that develop from them.
Broomhill National Sculpture prize offers amazing support to emerging sculptors in the UK with this annual project giving financial support to 10 new sculptors, enabling them to make an outdoor work which is displayed at Broomhill for a year and the potential to win further prizes.
I was a finalist in 2014, the funding enabled me to make my first outdoor sculpture which went on to win the ‘Public Speaks’ award voted for by visitors. I am really excited to be invited back as a judge.
I was commissioned by Emily Eavis to create an Extinction Procession for the opening of this years Glastonbury Festival in support of Greenpeace and Extinction Rebellion. I worked with a team of 25 friends to make huge sculptural costumes which we paraded onto the stage and across the festival site. Afterwards the beasts were installed either side of the Park Stage for the rest of the festival, watching over the performers and the crowds.