Malvern College is launching several art scholarships in memory of gifted artist and designer, Richard Nieper, a former pupil who died tragically of epilepsy in 2012, aged only 42. The Nieper family, who run a successful clothing business in Derbyshire, are providing up to two awards each year, enabling talented teenage artists or designers to study at Malvern in the sixth form.
The new awards are being offered in the run-up to National Epilepsy Week, taking place from May 22nd, to help raise awareness of a condition which kills scores of apparently healthy young people each year. They are aimed at youngsters with a passion for art, but without the family income required to attend a top independent school. The College is still taking applications for this year’s awards, for September 2018. For the Nieper family, many of them Malvernians past and present, the scholarship is a chance to commemorate a much-loved son and brother, and focus attention on his extraordinary talents and personal qualities.
“These scholarships will enhance our already strong reputation in Art and Design and attract many more talented, budding artists to Malvern.”
“Richard was a superb artist, a creative thinker and incredibly talented from early childhood,” explained his sister Juliet Stocks. “After he died we found some exquisite leaf rubbings, prints and watermarks he’d made in string when he was only 7. He suffered from asthma, so art was always his great love. He was very bright and also an excellent self-taught musician. By the time he got to the sixth form at Malvern, the Art School and woodworking department were his second home. Malvern’s Art and Design was – and is – really advanced, offering photography, design, and allowing him to do abstracts, life drawings and very large-scale paintings.”
“By the age of 17 he’d amassed an extraordinary portfolio. He did his degree at Central St Martin’s and eventually became a gifted furniture designer, able to work in wood, leather, metal and a range of fabrics. He illustrated every page of a 1000-page animation he produced about the pollution of the world, something he cared deeply about. He had a high moral and ethical sense and always went the extra mile for other people,” said Juliet.
The College’s Head of Art, Christine Prichard, believes the scholarships will provide a huge boost to Malvern’s Art School: “We’re thrilled that the Nieper family has generously established these wonderful new scholarships in memory of Richard. I know they will enhance our already strong reputation in Art and Design and attract many more talented, budding artists to Malvern.”