Joseph Bray of Rycotewood Furniture Centre, part of Activate Learning, has been announced as a Churchill Fellow today by the Chief Executive of Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Joseph is among 150 Fellows for 2018, selected from over 1,000 applicants from many walks of life, researching topics across a broad range of sectors and disciplines. As part of his fellowship, Joseph will be travelling to Denmark, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the USA, to explore support for graduates to become skilled craftspeople and furniture makers.
“Churchill Fellows search the world for ways to improve their communities and professions. This life-changing opportunity is open to everyone, with our next round of grants opening on 27 April” - Julia Weston, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Chief Executive.
The Craft and Design Fellowship is supported by the British Council, whose Architecture, Design, Fashion (ADF) department creates links between designers and cultural institutions around the world through a diverse range of projects.
Over the next 12 months, Churchill Fellows will travel the world and research cutting edge solutions to important topical issues. Together, the Fellows will receive grants of over £1 million and travel to 48 countries across six continents.
Joseph Bray is Programme Leader for BA (Hons) and FdA Furniture: Design and Make at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, part of Activate Learning. Joseph graduated in furniture design and craftsmanship from Buckinghamshire Chilterns University, and began his career with Richard Williams in 2000. He joined Rycotewood in 2005, and subsequently completed his master’s in furniture design in 2010. Joseph strives to develop industrial partnerships leading to live projects, study trips, work experience, internships and sponsorship for his students. He is also a member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, and has served on the council since 2008.