Holly Antrum

MA Printmaking 2009–11

I came out of my Painting BA at Wimbledon not technically a painter. I spent the next three years pursuing my own practice alongside working in various arts organisations, sure that I wanted to do an MA but looking for the right one. I had always visited the Royal College of Art degree shows. Printmaking stood out.

I came to the department open day two years in a row before finally feeling ready to apply to the course, which was both open and specialist enough to give me the opportunity to develop my work and push it into new territory. I applied recognising postgraduate study as a chance to distill the ideas and motives behind my work as well as a springboard to a confident practice.

Printmaking at the RCA is a very collaborative space, and the technicians are experts who are always on your side. They never resist your ideas – no matter how silly they might seem. The workshops are fantastic, and we are encouraged to try out different techniques and allow the mediums to cross over. So many opportunities are available here. During the summer term I was lucky enough to get the Paris Studio Residency. It was incredible to be working in the heart of such an amazing city, and to have a concentrated period of time to live surrounded by your work and other artists.

I have gathered so much inspiration from studying again and want my work to convey renewed strength and potential for the long term. I hope to continue to keep the support and contact of the artists I have met in the College.


"The RCA is a great place to make connections and establish a professional practice."
Holly Antrum
Holly Antrum
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