Lily Wales - Operation Plumbob, 2017. Work in progress.

Engine and GRAIN are delighted to announce that Lily Wales has been awarded our £1000 bursary. The bursary was for an artist living and working in the West Midlands region who uses photography as an integral element of their practice.

Specialising in handmade photomontage, Lily is currently exploring themes around nuclear warfare with an interest in its language and how it anesthetises the audiences’ perception of the subject (i.e. atomic bombs personified by being given human names, and the absurd language used in films demonstrating how to survive a nuclear attack). She will use the bursary to undertake a research trip to the Nevada Testing Site and Atomic Testing Museum near Las Vegas.

The trip will offer her an opportunity to make new work, take first hand images in Nevada, and gather resources from the Atomic Testing Museum archive that she would not have otherwise had access to.

Lily said:

‘The trip undertaken through the bursary will provide an authentic insight into the colossal scale of the iconic mushroom, allowing me to expand on my photographic archive and consider new notions of scale within my own practice.’

We will report back later in the year on her progress.