In four months time I will be doing a Masters degree in Fine Art and since I have no formal art training, I need to spend the summer getting up to speed in the subject!
I would love to be able to go up to London and visit the museums and galleries regularly but finances just don’t run to it so I will have to be more inventive. The local area has several renowned galleries and there is plenty of art on the south coast to keep me busy.
Last Friday I went off to Chichester, firstly to the lovely Pallant House Gallery and spent an hour wandering around there soaking it all up, and then I walked to the other end of the town to the University where the degree show was being held.
I have never been to an art college degree show before and it was a revelation to me. The work was such a high standard and so interesting and varied. I found it very inspiring that these students had produced such thoughtful and deep work – I found several exhibits very moving.
The ones that really affected me where the ones where the artist was drawing on something deeply personal for their work.
I left the exhibition and had to sit down and have a coffee before I went home. I was feeling very emotional, the standard of the work was so high, but I wasn’t daunted, I was excited, rather over excited actually, I needed to calm down!
I felt that I really had something to contribute to this world and I cannot wait to dive in.
There are two more art colleges nearby that have their degree shows this summer, so I am really looking forward to seeing the work on display and getting more inspiration.
I would urge anyone on a budget to keep an eye on their local art college for shows, they’re free, a very high standard and very varied and interesting. Well worth a trip!
(The picture on the blog is called “Joy2” and was done on my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Tablet – I am having fun doing lots of digital art at the moment!).