"When I attended an open day to find out more about the course, I was hooked!"
With a career in Graphic Design, Film & Television and Interior Design under my belt, I wanted to develop my own work and to find my focus. During a short Public Art training course, the course leader suggested an MA as a way of moving forward. She told me about the MMU course. When I attended an open day to find out more, I was hooked!
The MA in Art as Environment allowed to me look at my work in more depth and to incorporate more meaning into my pieces. I use forms of media to suit each individual project. These range from drawing and painting to sculptural three-dimensional work in wood, glass and metal. Nature and man’s connection with it is my main inspiration. I enjoy incorporating research and storytelling into my work.
After graduating from the master’s degree, I took up an artist’s residency at Tatton Park, Cheshire. Working with the head gardener, I submitted a proposal that was accepted. I then secured funding from Arts Council England and the Tatton Park Trust.
My studies continue to influence my work, as they helped me to find my focus. These include an installation at All Saints Church, Daresbury; Artist residency and exhibitions at Tatton Park; Glass and sculpture at the Lewis Carroll Centre and Birthplace, Daresbury; King Canute sculpture, Knutsford and a Garden at Tatton Park Flower Show 2014 – to name a few!
Create your own opportunities. Don’t wait for things to come along – if you really want to do something make it happen.
David Haley, Melanie Miller, Barbara Rawlings and Helen Bowman inspired me to create meaningful work, helped me to believe I can do it and that my opinion matters.
The opportunity to discover new ways to learn, explore, experiment and express myself artistically and to engage with my peers.