Getting up to speed – visiting local galleries and exhibitions

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!).

2 thoughts

  1. congratulations on getting accepted into the art program! I’ve often wondered if it is too late for me to do something like that, since I didn’t study art in college the first go round. ❤


    1. Thank you! I am still in shock that they accepted me, but it’s real 🙂 I am living proof that it is *never* too late, I will be 52 in the summer having had a successful career in IT! This new life couldn’t be more different, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Thanks for your comment.

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