Stories from the studio


Faculty: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
School: Cambridge School of Art
Course: MA Fine Art
Category: Art and design

18 February 2020

Studying at ARU, I have the pleasure of sharing spaces with some amazingly talented emerging artists. I spoke to a couple of my contemporaries and asked why they chose to study an art and design course at ARU .

Studying at ARU, I have the pleasure of sharing spaces with some amazingly talented emerging artists. We support each other and crit each other’s pieces and ideas in a constructive way that allows us all to move forward and create strong artworks. It reflects the inclusive and supportive teaching at ARU.

I wanted to find out more about people's practice so first, I spoke to Shane Aiden Wimbledon, who creates intriguing installation pieces based on memory and mental health issues and explores how the mind works.

Shane (pictured below) said:

“I currently live in Essex and have chosen to study an MA in Fine Art based in Cambridge School of Art. I’ve chosen to study here as I have seen what the course can provide from an artist talk from Veronique Chance, whilst I was on my BA (Hons) in Colchester.

"What pulled me to go and study now was that after a succession of shows which included my degree show, my recent SPACE residency, as well as Free Range in London, I wanted to capitalise on that momentum and aim for the next level of education. I’ve chosen Anglia Ruskin specifically as there’s a good range of workshops, a good teaching staff, great study resources from the library as well as opportunities in Cambridge such as exhibition spaces, galleries, residencies, collaboration and networking opportunities.”

Sculpture by Kayleigh Reed
Artist Kayleigh Reed pictured with three of her sculptures
Artist Shane Aiden Wimbledon working in the atudio

Kayleigh Reed (pictured above) is another contemporary artist from Essex who chose to study at ARU. Her tactile and comforting sculptures fill the studio with the memory of Grecian artefacts.

"I am a current MA art student who lives in Clacton-On-Sea. My aim after studying is to work within education, either within colleges teaching further education art students or running adult art workshops.

"I graduated from my BA in Fine Art in June 2019 and had many un-answered questions about my practice. I wanted to explore these themes and material queries in another formal educational setting that would push and challenge my every decision to ensure I produce a new body of work that was important and engaging.

"I chose ARU to complete my part-time MA at because of the module layout. I had identified what I needed to improve on to make my practice more rounded and ready to explore more opportunity within the wider art community.

"My practice takes objects of comfort and using plaster to cast a human impression into them. To explore how they capture human vulnerability and fragility. My recent series of work was focused on the object of a pillow and how by hugging and encasing it we embed how we feel within it."

Look out for more interviews from art students at ARU, soon!

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