Clare Thornton was my mentor and critical friend. Stephen Felmingham at Plymouth College of Art suggested I contact her describing her as "part of the PCA family". Despite being unwell, Clare shared her fierce intellect, deeply attentive listening and huge creative energy with me, meeting and corresponding with me until recently. I'm now on the last stretch of my MA. Clare's critical input is a significant factor in my success and I will never forget her generosity and insight, shared with lightness and humour.
We at Spike Island Studios are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of the elegant, brilliant and generous artist, educator and friend Clare who continues to share her generosity with the wonderful Clare Thornton Memorial Residency xx
Clare was such a generous artist and friend, always willing to give her support to others. She will be much missed and this memorial residency seems the ideal way to remember her.
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