Being made one of the School of Arts and Media Graduate Scholars is pretty exciting stuff. We’re given studio space for one year in an established arts venue- helping us to continue and develop our practice, an arts professional is paired with us to mentor us throughout, and what’s really interesting is that we automatically become part of a small creative peer group, bringing with it a responsibility to support one another- even if from a far. From keeping up to date with what everyone’s doing, to sharing opportunities, words of encouragement and thinking about how cross-pollination in our practices might occur in various ways.
We also enter into a wider community of practicing artists, by way of the studios we start to inhabit; a further catalyst for delivering creative opportunities- all of which, it is impossible to seize!
One of these fantastic opportunities occurred in August, when I was invited to go to Venice with a group of artists including, amongst others, Jane Lawson of Castlefield Gallery, and Maurice Carlin, of Islington Mill- who had been appointed as my mentor for the duration of the programme. Through being a graduate scholar I was made aware of the Santander International Travel Bursary and secured funding for the study trip too- Amazing!
By Hazel Clegg
Experiencing art first hand is the most exhilarating thing. It’s refreshing. You can’t compare seeing something on a screen or a book to the original immersive experience itself.
I chose France because I have never travelled abroad without my parents before and wasn’t too far away if something happened to go wrong; taking along my partner, Curt, as a guide, because my orienteering skills are non-existent. When we arrived in Paris on the first day we decided to have a walk around, use the metro (in preparation for the following 2 full days) and of course see the Arc De Triomphe which displayed some phenomenal architectural sculpture. As I found out later on Curt’s orienteering skills were just as non-existent as mine and we finally ended up at our hotel as it was going dark.