Chwarae Teg would like to congratulate our two 2016 bursary winners, Ami Marsden and Angharad Thomas.
The Chwarae Teg bursary scheme is designed to give women a helping hand in bringing their ambitions to life.
There were two bursaries available called ‘prosper’ and ‘achieve’, each worth up to £500.
Prosper is aimed at women looking to expand their businesses through buying new equipment. Achieve is aimed at women who want to undertake educational courses to further their careers.
The Prosper bursary was awarded to Angharad Thomas, a young photographer from Pembrokeshire. Angharad used the bursary to expand her business by buying studio lighting to help set up her first home photography studio.
Angharad said: ‘I can’t thank Chwarae Teg enough for choosing me as their prosper bursary award winner for 2016.’
I was ready to take my photography business to the next level this year, and Chwarae Teg bought me a studio lighting kit which has allowed me to expand and offer studio sessions – specifically for Newborns.
‘Without their help I wouldn’t have been able to afford this kit and it has greatly improved my chances of getting bookings/work. They’ve turned my dreams and ambition into a reality!’
The Achieve bursary was awarded to Ami Marsden a sculptor and artist from Swansea, enabling her to gain her public chainsaw license. The license will allow her to work on public land and take on commissions from local authorities.
Since completing her chainsaw license course Ami has already received two commissions for work on public property.
Ami said: “I’m really grateful for this opportunity and very excited for the opportunities that it offers, thank you so much!
“This chainsaw certificate will greatly expand the areas in which I am qualified to work as it allows me to create sculptural carved artworks in the public domain. It will make a huge contribution towards my career, enabling me to take on more work and ensure that my name is more widely recognised and respected in an unusual field of work.
‘Chainsaw carving is a male-dominated area and I feel it is really important to have a female publicly demonstrating the skills and promoting equality in the craft. I can envisage myself running courses for other women to use chainsaws for both artistic and gardening work.’
Chief Executive Joy Kent said she was ‘very pleased’ to have been able to help Ami and Angharad with the bursary’.
‘We received a very large number of applications for this year’s bursary so choosing winners wasn’t easy! Both Ami and Angharad were passionate about their goals and clearly demonstrated how the bursary would help them take the next step, so were worthy winners.’
“There are hundreds of women across Wales who want to succeed but sometimes they need a helping hand along the way. We would encourage all ambitious women who want that career boost to put themselves forward for the bursary next year.”