Brian McKee and Anne Butler Awarded the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award
Two designer makers, Belfast based ceramicist, Anne Butler and County Down furniture designer, Brian McKee, have been awarded the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award, an annual craft bursary worth £15,000 each. The unique bursary, administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland on behalf of the Rosy James Trust, aims to assist craft makers to develop their careers by developing a new body of work which might otherwise have been unattainable.
The Rosy James Memorial Trust Award, established in 2014, came about thanks to the generosity of Rosemary James (Rosy). Originally from Belfast, Rosy had a lifelong commitment to the arts and following her death in 2010, bequeathed over £500,000 to help artists and craft makers pursue their careers. Former recipients of the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award include glass artist, Scott Benefield and silversmiths, Cara Murphy and Stuart Cairns.