Venice Part 1: Press Room at the Creative Time Summit

By Dec.07, 2015

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.

Press Room Venice team, waiting in Gare du Nord, Paris, for the night train to Venice.

Press Room Venice team, waiting in Gare du Nord, Paris, for the night train to Venice.

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!

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Destination: Paris, France

By Oct.19, 2015

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.

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