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2022 Dreamtime Fellowship at Spike Island awarded to Rosie Bayliss

Rosie Bayliss, A CARTOON LANDSCAPE (2021). Ply, board, acrylic, oil and charcoal. Courtesy the artist.

2022 Dreamtime Fellowship at Spike Island awarded to Rosie Bayliss

The 2022 Dreamtime Fellowship, supported by Luke Jerram, has been awarded to Bristol-based artist Rosie Bayliss.

Bayliss graduated from UWE Bristol with a BA in Art and Writing in 2022. She is a visual artist and writer working mainly with painting, text manipulation and kinetic sculpture. Her practice draws upon cartoons, fairy tales, social media and online identity. In her work, Bayliss aims to isolate moments from pre-existing narratives, freezing and flattening them both in time and in form. She hopes to encourage audience creativity by making malleable work that is open to alteration: folding paintings, rewritable text and moving sculptures. Bayliss is concerned with how we read and interpret images, and is increasingly interested in scale and action as a means of challenging how narratives can be read.

Bayliss has access to a studio space at Spike Island for a year and receives a bursary of £5,000 and three one-to-one mentoring sessions with Luke Jerram. She is also granted Spike Island Associates membership, which offers studio visits from artists, critics and curators, and free access to regular talks, as well as other forms of peer-to-peer learning and support.


Initiated with funding and support from established Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram, Spike Island announced this new fellowship opportunity in 2019 for a recent graduate artist living in Bristol. The opportunity is open to artists who have graduated from a BA or MA Fine Art course from any institution within the last five years.

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