Initiated in 2019 Luke Jerram set up and funded the annual Dreamtime Fellowship to support recent art graduates in his home city of Bristol.
Check out this page for the 2022 call out.
Working with Spike Island Arts studios the selected artist has 24-hour access to their own studio space at Spike Island for a year. They are also granted Spike Associates membership, which offers free access to regular talks, studio visits from artists, critics and curators, and peer-to-peer learning and support. The selected artist also receives a bursary of £5,000 and three one-to-one mentoring sessions with Luke Jerram throughout the year.
The 2021 Dreamtime Fellowship has been awarded to Dolores McGurran who present here work at Spike Open this year. The previous Dreamtime Fellowship, was awarded in 2019 to Bristol-based artist Izzy Mooney. Despite the pandemic Izzy was able to produce a substantial body of new film and ceramics work. The financial security also ensured her bills were paid, which meant she stayed in Bristol and didn’t have to move back home to London during the pandemic. She has now been made an arts technician at UWE, providing additional stability, enabling her arts practice to continue.
The award is advertised annually through Luke’s social media and via Spike Island.
Bristol Schools Arts Fund
For more than a decade central government has made cuts to school funding across the UK. Research shows that more than 80% of schools will have less funding per pupil in real terms in 2020 than they did in 2015. Many don’t have a budget to cover art basic materials for its students. Children are having to submit coursework on A4 photocopy paper and create their paintings using powder paint alone! The BBC says that creative arts subjects are also being cut back in many secondary schools in England.
In 2020, Luke Jerram Ltd awarded £11,000 to seven secondary schools across Bristol to spend on art materials, annual arts awards for students, photographic equipment and school trips. The seven schools awarded in 2020 were:
Ashton Park School
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
City Academy Bristol
Fairfield High School
Oasis Academy Brightstowe
Oasis Academy Brislington
Transforming Bokamoso Arts Centre
In 2019 Luke Jerram funded the transformation of the outside of the Bokamoso Arts Centre in Maokeng Kroonstad, South Africa. Working with Sello Molefi, they worked with a local artist and community to transform the building from plain concrete box to a colourful and inviting place.
Coronavirus Sculptures sold for Charity
This model of SARS Cov-2– COVID-19 was commissioned 8 weeks before the pandemic by a university in America to reflect their current and future research, and its focus on solving global challenges.
Luke says: “This artwork is a tribute to the scientists and medical teams who are working collaboratively across the world to try to slow the spread of the virus. It is vital we attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus by working together globally, so our health services can manage this pandemic.”
“Helping to communicate the form of the virus to the public, the artwork has been created as an alternative representation to the artificially coloured imagery received through the media. In fact, viruses have no colour as they are smaller than the wavelength of light.”
An edition of 5 of these artworks are being made and sold to museums and private collectors, with all profits going to Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) who are assisting developing countries deal with the fallout of the pandemic.
Since this first edition was made, a larger version of SARS CoV-2 has been created, and sculptures of the Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine. Through the sale of these works, so far over £55,000 has been raised for MSF.
GAIA – Earth artwork
In August 2021, Luke worked with the Woodland Trust and the Freedom Festival in Hull, to present his Earth artwork, GAIA. Over 1000 small trees were given away for the public to take home and plant and at the end of the festival the trees from within Hull Minster were planted across the region leaving a positive legacy.
Museum of the Moon
In 2021, Luke teamed up with the St.Mungos to raise money for their charity fighting homelessness. The Museum of the Moon was presented in Bristol Cathedral and in 18 days, over 65,000 visitors came through the doors to see the artwork. Thanks to the many thousands who donated so freely during their visit, we have been able to raise £15,000 for the charity.
Lamorna Hooker, St Mungo’s, said: “We are delighted that Luke Jerram chose to support St Mungo’s with the Museum of the Moon in Bristol this summer. It has been an amazing opportunity to introduce St Mungo’s to so many new people and we are honoured to have been associated with such an incredible exhibition. Your generous donations will help us to support even more people who are experiencing homelessness in Bristol; to support people in their recovery journey and prevent homelessness in the future.”
Archway School Arts Fund
In 2022 Luke set up an annual arts fund for students of the comprehensive secondary school he used to attend in Stroud. Each year, art material vouchers are to be given by staff to selected students of year groups 10-13, with an additional special project fund made available for A-level students.