The recipent of the 2011 Sponsored Studio Award was Alannah Barker:
Alannah believes drawing is one of the most important tools, being one of the first means of communication, most things start with a draughtsman, be it architecture, mathematics, cartographers or planners, although in the art world it has maintained a relation with the provisional and unfinished, this has begun to change. She has utilized the innocence of drawing as a means to produce her work because of the qualities graphite are so different to those that paint can achieve. The act of drawing intense pictures laboriously when a photograph can record them effortlessly allows an intense clarified view of the split second of life. That second then becomes a series of moments created by the artist and emphasized through the act of drawing.
Alannah has been a member of Art Space Portsmouth since her residency. You can see her artist's page here.