Welcoming our graduates




Westbury Arts Centre would like to welcome Sarah Fortais, James Vassalo, Rahim Amartey and Chun-Yu Liu on the 2016 graduate scheme. This scheme offers free live work space from July to August and the chance to exhibit work at the end of the residency in the Arts Centre.

Sarah Fortais:

We would like to welcome Sarah to Westbury Arts centre and this year’s graduate Scheme. She is currently studying at the Slade in London.

Describing her work Sarah says,

I like to take things apart. My work is bricolage, and involves overlapping, forcefully dragging together parts, and rebuilding them. To make an object from objects or knowledge from knowledge begins through combinations and then reconsiderations of what is already established. It is my attempt to ultimately make something meaningful, which is different than trying to make sense.



James Vassalo

James studied art at Cardiff and Bristol

Describing his work James says:

Through the representation of objects and characters, that are often the subject of a fictitious narrative, my work questions and reflects on the systems of knowledge and information, systems for understanding and categorization that have influenced and are still influencing my cognition of life.

Through groups of works like Useless or barely useful objects and Recognize (portraits of people I still don’t know) I’m categorizing and colonizing a grotesque, sometimes funny and often nonsensical world that exists in my drawings.



Rahim Amartey.

Rahim Amartey is a recent graduate of the University of Northampton. He is currently undertaking the annual Print Fellowship scheme atNorthampton’sSchool of The Arts. He creates art through the use of Print, and Fine Art Painting.




 Chun-yu Liu

Claire was one of our successful applicants from the 2015 graduate scheme, and has been working on a film for the past year that will be shown at the exhibition in September that responds to her experience of Milton Keynes.

MK Boogie Woogie: Milton Keynes in six parts


‘MK Boogie Woogie: Milton Keynes in six parts’ is an artist video investigating the unique landscape of Milton Keynes, a new town in South East England, approximately an hour away from London. Milton Keynes is well-known for its grid road system, high speed limit, and the use of private cars as the dominant method of transportation.

The video captures six locations in Milton Keynes with narrative from interviews with scholars and resident around the grid road system over aspects of gender, class, the central and peripheral, later developments of removing the grid, and changing notions of the urban. The aim is to explore how the grid system has responded to the goal of good access, movement and communication from the Plan for Milton Keynes (aka the Master Plan). The work offers both a visual experience of movement across the spots and an insight into fascinating ideas behind the new town.

chun yu

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