research & development

the bursary

The Shape Arts Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary (ARMB) was set up in memory of sculptor Adam Reynolds, and was awarded to Caglar Kimyoncu for 2016.

Caglar will begin his three month residency, hosted by The New Art Gallery Walsall, in January 2016.

Over the course of this three month residency, supported by the ARMB, Caglar will be exploring an issue close to his heart, the militarisation of youth.  Influenced by his personal experience as a disabled person and as the son of a professional soldier, Caglar is interested in the subject of ‘power dynamics’ and ‘being different in a conflict zone’. Caglar will use this residency to carry out research which will then inform the creation of an installation on the subject.

The Bursary provides an opportunity for artists to develop their ideas and practice without pressure to deliver a particular outcome such as finished or exhibition-ready work.

the research

2014 saw the centenary of WWI spark a renewed discussion in the UK national conscience around the role of the military in our history as well as remembrance for the massive loss of young life in the Great War generation. Meanwhile, continuing conflicts across the world in the present day, but most particularly Britain’s involvement in military affairs in the Middle East, demand an evolving discussion around the future of the British Armed Forces.  

With this in mind, it feels particularly timely and relevant to be exploring the relationship between young people and the Armed Forces in Britain. Based at the New Art Gallery Walsall, Caglar aims to focus his research specifically on the surrounding West Midlands area, exploring a number of questions and viewpoints around this topic.

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