A scholarship named after the internationally renowned island artist and art nouveau designer Archibald Knox and worth £3,000 as a travel bursary to this year’s winning student is to be sponsored by an island company.
Five creative students from Isle of Man College will be shortlisted for the award and the winner will be announced at the Archibald Knox 150th Anniversary Dinner on June 25.
The bursary, spread over three years, is designed to help with travel costs incurred by the student in pursuing his or her university degree.
At the end of each academic year the student is expected to return to the College and give a talk on the places they have travelled to as a result of the scholarship and its impact on their own work.
Marketing, design and public relations agency Home Strategic has taken on the sponsorship.
Liam O’Neill, chairman and founder of the Archibald Knox Society said: ‘We are greatly indebted to Home Strategic for sponsoring an award which helps to perpetuate the memory of the only Manx artist famous worldwide.
‘Today his jewellery and metalwork manufactured by Liberty & Co at the beginning of the 20th century fetch the highest prices at major auction houses such as Christies, Sotheby’s and Bonhams.’
Lee McLellan, business development director at Home Strategic said: ‘We see this sponsorship as an extension of the work experience programme that the company pursues and which gives ‘A’ Level students a flavour of life beyond college.’
He added: ‘Archibald Knox was undoubtedly ahead of his time and something of a free spirit.
‘We believe this scholarship helps to reflect the values he stood for, along with his philosophy which Home Strategic also adopts, ‘‘never be ordinary, better to be anything than that’’ ’.
Helen Fox, head of art, design and media at Isle of Man College of Further and Higher Education, said the bursary gives the winning student some invaluable financial freedom to travel in furthering a potential career path while studying for their degree.
She said: ‘A student becomes more rounded and mature as a result of benefiting from travelling to other countries, experiencing a country’s art and culture, something which might not be feasible without the bursary.’
An exhibition called ‘Beauty and Society – a Designer Ahead of Time’ to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the acclaimed artist’s birth is at the International Art and Antiques Fair at Olympia Earls Court, London from Thursday (June 5) to June 15 in association with the Archibald Knox Society.