Lesley Illingworth

DAiSY Re:Growth Bursary

Our developing artist commission for a visual artist was awarded to Lesley Illingworth who worked with Julie Hoyle as a mentee.

About The Bursary

With the Emerging Artist Bursary applicants could apply in a chosen area of either visual arts or creative writing. The bursary offer included:


  • Three mentoring sessions from one of the arts practitioners taking part in the project
  • A cash sum to pay for materials and other expenses

Commission Artist

Lesley Illingworth

Learn more about her practice in embroidery, interiors and textile art on her Instagram: @lesleyillingworthartist

Artist Mentor

Julie Hoyle

Julie Hoyle is a contemporary artist and printmaker based in Surrey in the UK working with a variety of print and paint media as well as light and shadow installation.

Julie founded Ochre Print Studio, one of the foremost independent printmaking facilities in South East England. Obtaining two Grants for the Arts from Art Council England for the studio, and personally tutored, mentored and editioned work for artists of all abilities during her Directorship from 2006 – 2016.

As well as a current exhibiting artist, Julie tutors and coaches extensively, including working with adults who have learning difficulties.