While the Royal Scottish Academy‘s Academicians’ Gallery has re-opened and is welcoming visitors by appointment, the RSA has announced the winners of its Artist Support Awards – the RSA Morton Award, the RSA William Littlejohn Award, the RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award and the RSA David Michie Travel Award.
The winner of this year’s RSA Morton Award, for artists working in lens-based media in Scotland, is Sekai Machache. Sekai’s work is a deep interrogation of the notion of self, and she will use the award to develop her project The Divine Sky, utilising allegory and performance to tell a complicated history through poetry, immersive storytelling and photography.
This year’s RSA William Littlejohn Award, for excellence and innovation in water-based media, is John Brown, who uses a wide range of sources, formats and methods to make large complex installations, placing small incidents and objects against the background of the epic, creating new and unexpected narratives.
Natasha Jensen won 2020’s RSA Barns-Graham Travel Award. She examines the garden as an active site of power to explore post-colonialism and ecological issues, graduating this summer with an MA in Contemporary Art Practice from Edinburgh College of Art and plans to use the award to travel to Eigg to conduct research for a series of new drawings inspired by the island’s flora.
The RSA David Michie Travel Award was won by Hannah Paterson, who graduated this summer with a BA(Hons) in Painting from Gray’s School of Art. She is exploring salt as product and as symbol, and intends to use the award to visit the salt mines in Salzburg and Krakow to conduct research on the material and its relation to human health.
Image: Sekai Machache