Chronicle Fellowship Scheme
Topolski Studio employs the young artists who have completed the Chronicle Residency Programme as freelance artists-correspondents.
Topolski Studio’s Fellows work in much the same way as Feliks Topolski, reporting on current issues and events through drawing wherever they are in the world, and sending their copy to Topolski Studio to print on our printing press and distribute in the local community and to subscribers around the world.
Topolski Studio’s current Fellows are:
Josh studied Illustration at the University of Central Lancashire and it was there that he began to explore image making and reportage illustration through visual journalism. The factors principle in his work are honesty, spontaneity, and both depicting and generating a human response through drawing. Josh’s goal is to help retain the importance of reportage as a medium of contemporary illustration.
Graduating from the Arts University at Bournemouth in 2013, Louis Vinet now lives in London. He frequently tours the city in his dented Peugeot with a trunk full of art supplies in search of interesting subjects and locations to draw. He has four cats. He is currently working as a freelance illustrator, so if you see him be sure to have some food and water at hand to help him out.
Matt graduated from the illustration course at Kingston University in 2013, he currently has a diverse practice and likes it that way, working as a printmaker, illustrator and workshop assistant, with drawing being the back bone of everything he does. He is constantly travelling to seek out interesting subject matter to go and draw from and investigate. He uses reportage illustration both as a final outcome to a project and a starting point to trigger more ideas and take work in different directions.
Alex studied at Norwich University of the Arts. He counts Hergé, Olivier Kugler and the journalist Jon Ronson among his influences in trying to blur the line between illustration and journalism. He has been nominated for a Reportager award, promoting excellence in reportage drawing, and has been a visiting guest lecturer at Norwich University of the Arts and Camberwell College of the Arts. His past freelance clients include the Journal of the London Society, Crossrail and Hallmark Cards. He is currently living and working in South Korea.
Since finshing the residency, Laura has continued to use reportage to document small moments of everyday life, as a microcosm of the ever changing social and political landscapes in the UK. She ran the 2016 CRP residency, and continues to teach as Topolski Studio’s education officer.
While studying architecture at Cardiff University, Jon became fascinated with the study of the complex construction of urban life. Now back in London, Jon’s work responds and reports on the changing built environment, the everyday and the unreported. On an upcoming trip to Japan, through drawing Jon will document both urban and rural everyday life as he observes it.
L-R: Chloe Parke, Laura Fitton, Alex Nicholson, Louis Vinet, Matt Booker and Josh Morris.
L-R: Jack Miller, Georgia Wilson, Luisa Crosbie, Pat Macdonald, Jack Wheatley and Edwood Burn.
L-R: Chloe Wyatt, Daisy Saul, Marguerite Carnec, Charlotte Reeve, Jon Dixon and Emma Guareschi.