Following on from the inaugural QUAD/ FORMAT Graduate Fellowships that began in 2020, we are pleased to announce the two artists selected for 2021 – Hazel Hutchison and Deborah Rogers (aka Debbie Doodar and MsDMeanar). The Fellowships were created as an annual award to recognise two outstanding graduating students from the University of Derby MA Fine Art and MA Film & Photography courses – selected by members of QUAD/ FORMAT Curatorial team.
Both graduates will undertake a 2-week virtual fellowship and residency, along with mentoring and curatorial support from QUAD’s Programme Team, with possibility of exhibiting their work in QUAD’s Artist Studio.
The Fellowships will take place between 12 – 25 July, and will including takeovers by each artist on the QUAD Gallery Instagram page:
Hazel Hutchison is a multi-disciplinary artist based in the Midlands, with a focus in experimental and alternative photography techniques, collage, and installation. She has an interest in environmentally friendly photographic techniques such as Caffenol or plant-based development, materiality, and display methods. Hazel’s practice considers themes of landscape, domesticity, and identity.
Hazel graduated from the University of Derby in 2013 with a BA Hons in Graphic Design. She has worked as a graphic designer professionally for eight years. In 2018, she returned to the University of Derby to pursue an MA in Film & Photography. (2018-2021). She recently finished this course with a Distinction and has been awarded the 2021 QUAD/FORMAT fellowship. Alongside her photography studies, she had done freelance design/photography work for Déda and for Derby Museums. She has recently been a volunteer for QUAD and for FORMAT International Photography Festival 2021. www.hazelhutchison.com
Deborah Rogers (aka aka Debbie Doodar and MsDMeanar)
Deborah, aka Debbie Doodar and MsDMeanar presently uses her body and a range of materials and techniques, supported by notions of animalism to explore rituals and belief systems that help us make small and significant change in our lives.
MsDMeanar has become dog headed during her menopausal years. Merging with her dog Percy during this transformational time, she is drawing on the myth of the cynocephalus, the dog headed strangers whose voice is closer to a bark, and who are consequently misunderstood and misrepresented. Debbie Doodar is the name she uses when fabricating items and ideas for MsDMeanar to play with. As Debbie Doodar she has reconstructed garments and made soft sculptures for use during the performative actions of MsDMeanar.
She has been working creatively in the Midlands and the North West since studying Fine Art at Staffs University in 1987 and works as a participatory artist for The Cultural Sisters since co-founding the organisation in 1995. She often works in collaboration with strangers and creates interactive work and projects to encourage engagement in the arts. She has completed an MA in Fine Art at Derby University leaving with a distinction. Recent Exhibitions & Residencies: Here and Now (2021); Winter Wastelands (2020); Derby University (2019-21); Dust Rising – annual event (2018-21); Bang! Spode (2014); Bang! Rochdale (2018); SmallPrint (2016); Printworks in Stoke, and Trading Love (both 2015). Recent Awards and achievements: QUAD/FORMAT fellowship, 2021, and in 2020 AA2A at Derby University. https://msdmeanar.wordpress.com/