This opportunity would allow me to spend some time working in a vibrant creative environment again. I have spent 4 years since graduating running my practice from home and have found it to be rather insular. I thrived in a busy art school environment while at university and through the varied projects I have worked on to date I’ve come to find great value in sharing creative approaches, ideas, insights and experiences with different groups of people. I have also benefited from being exposed to new voices and different views. I would enjoy taking an active role within the art school environment and sharing ideas and advising students on professional practice, processes and techniques and the practicalities of running an arts practice.
Using the screen printing, metalwork workshop and dark room facilities would allow me to experiment with new processes and ideas which is not easily achieved when using suppliers. Working as a mixed media designer maker, I often find it an expensive, restricting and time consuming process experimenting with combining processes and so having access to the metalworking facilities/ the darkroom, sculpture facilities and the printmaking area would allow me to develop innovative ideas and combinations of processes and techniques which otherwise is near impossible for me.
In the time since graduating I have really come to miss attending lectures and often working on commissions it is hard to take a step back from project commitments and simply research for the pure enjoyment of it. This would allow me to be open to organic development of ideas and to reconnect with current arts practice in a different format. (These days most of the exposure I get of contemporary practice is through reading design journals or blogs.)