After graduating, I found a job as a trainee in the grants giving department of the Art Fund, a charity that raises money for UK museums and galleries to acquire new work.
This was a really valuable experience in making me aware of a different side of the art world than I had previously experienced through making art myself and doing internships at galleries throughout my degree; however it made me realise that I didn't want to work in arts administration and gave me the conviction to pursue my art practice full-time.
ECA developed in me the work ethic required to be an artist, particularly the energy to continually try out new ideas and find alternative ways of doing things if initial attempts proved unsuccessful. This initiative stood me in good stead this year as, without the accessibility of a proper studio and workshop facilities, I had to think of new ways of making work.
On moving back to my family home, I made my brother’s old room into a makeshift studio and started developing new pieces for an exhibition I was invited to be a part of at the EMBASSY gallery in Edinburgh, and for the RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy. I used this work to build a portfolio for Masters applications, and was offered places at the Slade School of Fine Art at UCL, and at the Royal College of Art (RCA).
At RSA NEW CONTEMPORARIES I was chosen to be a part of the Fleming Collection New Scottish Artistsexhibition, and was awarded an Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop residency, which I am currently undertaking; it’s proving to be another fantastic opportunity to develop new work.