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Shape Director Tony Heaton reflects, as the dust settles on this, the third Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary. / 19 May 2010

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Aaron Williamson holding a lump of black meteorite rock

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For Shape, setting up and negotiating this annual event is a challenging but hugely rewarding activity.

The call for Artist submissions, pulling together the decision-making panel, the increasingly harder job of selecting the winner from a growing number of applications; the negotiating with venues and also raising all the funds to make it happen. Of course when it all comes together it is a great relief and a fantastic pleasure.

The thing you can never control or predict is the nature of the relationship that has the potential to develop between artist and venue. It has been wonderful to watch the developing working relationship between Aaron Williamson and Spike Island curator Marie-Anne McQuay.

Their rigorous approach has resulted in a memorable show and a remarkable bursary outcome and for that I thank them both. I also want to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation for their generous financial support.

It has been a great honour for me, through Shape, to have played a small part in perpetuating Adam Reynolds’s name and legacy.

On Monday I will set off to negotiate with the next venue and Shape will begin the process of setting the next round of the Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary in motion.