The Painting programme is committed to broadening the understanding of the discipline in all its forms. Paint is a fluid material and ideas surrounding what painting is, has been and can be are being continually reflected upon, and actively explored.
I’m from London, and studied in Brighton, doing my BA about nine or ten years ago. I had quite a long gap between then and coming to the RCA. In those years, I had studios in London and was working as a painter, but it had got to the point where I’d pushed my practice as much as I could, and I just needed to re-evaluate it
Before I applied to the Royal College of Art, I had been a practising artist for a number of years. I’d also done a Sociology MA and researched contemporary Gypsy identity – a community to which I belong. This, combined with my fine art training, was taking my studio practice and research in a new direction
I’ve taught for 15 years, from foundation through to BA and MA. When I applied for this PhD place I managed to get a 3-year block of money, and then I made a case to get an extra year, which was successful. It used to be not so difficult to get funding from the AHRC, but when this government came in everything got restructured, and now funded fine art PhDs are really thin on the ground. I’m so so lucky.
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