Applications Open for Sheila Tenant Awards

The second year of the Sheila Tenant Awards from Dundee West Church sees another £10,000 to be awarded to local groups who can use design in the community.  The aim of the awards are to encourage people to use design in relation to space, organisational change, food sharing, human well-being or energy efficiency.

The focus on design is in recognition of the V & A being built in Dundee and the excellence already in Dundee found in places such as Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD).  Mike Press of DJCAD, Chair of Design Policy has been instrumental in helping put the criteria and application form together with Gordon Sharp and the artists resident in the Roseangle Commons.

From left to right: Amanda Bataller, Gordon Sharp – locum Minister, Anne Wilson – treasurer, Mike Press – Chair of Design Policy at DJCAD and Lauren Young

From left to right: Amanda Bataller, Gordon Sharp – locum Minister, Anne Wilson – treasurer, Mike Press – Chair of Design Policy at DJCAD and Lauren Young

Four awards of £2,500 are to be made and groups have up to the end of May to make an application.  Forms can be obtained from gordonsharp264@gmail.com or from the Dundee West Church website.

Gordon Sharp said: “In putting this together it has been illuminating to understand how we use design across all areas of life. This is a huge opportunity for folks to draw on their collective creativity.  Even the application process I hope is both fun and informative.”

Gordon added: “The awards are made from a bequest from Sheila Tenant, a long standing member of the church, who was a creative, intelligent and progressive woman of faith. She challenged convention, worked with simple truths and embraced a compassionate way of life.  These awards fit very well with what Sheila wished to happen from Dundee West.”