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Daniel Baker

PhD Painting 2006–11

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.

Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker
Photographer: Karl Grady

When I applied to the RCA, I was in the first year of a part-time PhD course in Cultural Studies at another university, but I’d realised that it would not be able to accommodate the studio-based element of my research. I had heard about the practice-led PhD program at the RCA, and when I contacted the College to find out more, it was clear that the RCA would be a good place to pursue my developing research into Gypsy visual culture.

I was expecting to meet interesting people at the RCA to engage with and share ideas with, and studying here has lived up to my expectations. 

After finishing my PhD, I will pursue my art practice, which now operates as a negotiation between the artist’s studio, the commercial gallery and the academic institution. These three areas inform and enhance each other, creating a situation that offers exciting prospects for the future.

"The research being undertaken by students and staff is wide-ranging, and it has been extremely beneficial for my research and art career to work alongside such eclectic professionals."
Daniel Baker
Daniel Baker
Photographer: Karl Grady