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By: Carol Ramsay
Studying for Fine Art BA (Hons) based in Wirral and accredited by John Moores University in Liverpool.
# 42 [3 February 2011]
It's been a fair while since I posted on Degrees Unedited, when I left Wirral Met I also moved my blogging into Artists Talking.
I know that I read the student blogs still quite regularly, like seeing how everyone is progressing but I remember that as a Degree Student I was often too busy to look on the Artists Talking blog page and seemed to only (well, mainly) read the Degrees Unedited blogs thus staying cocooned in my little degree world.
There are many many other interesting blogs to read and I know you're all busy but sometimes it's great just to see what can be achieved after you leave Uni.
So I thought I;d come back, pay you all a visit and let you know how I'm getting on.
I have 2 blogs running side by side at the moment, one based around my general MA work at UCLAN but I also use that to talk about exhibitions I've been in. The second is based around my main MA project at New Ferry Butterfly Park as artist in residence.
I look back and can't believe it's been 18 months since I graduated, I've managed to fit in a lot of work in that short space of time and honestly, I've been loving it.
I remember being delighted to exhibit some work at the CoExist Gallery in Southend, the curator had contacted me via my Degrees Unedited blog and the show was a fantastic success.
I'm in a position to help others exhibit some of their work too at the moment, the chance to be part of an Art Trail I'm organising and I know it's great as a student to have that opportunity. SO I thought I'd post the link here in case anyone would be interested.
So here's the links to my other blogs and to get details of the Trail.
Good Luck to you all with your Degree Work, will keep reading as many posts as I can.
# 41 [29 July 2009]
Little update, I have been lucky enough to be offered a place on an M.A. in UCLAN Preston on the Fine Art:Site and Archive Intervention course and I find myself slightly nervous, wondering if I am mad doing another 2 years study and very excited all at the same time.
I will start a new blog in Artists Talking very soon, have to say I have found that blogging on Degrees Unedited has been an amazing experience, the comments received from other bloggers were greatly appreciated. I would even go as far as to say it's been quite therapeutic and look forward to continuing to blog and converse with other artists on the site.
To those students out there considering blogging for their final year, go for it, blog with gusto - you won't regret it :)
# 40 [3 July 2009]
Results in and I got a First which is fantastic news, so pleased it's untrue. It was my highest mark yet too so that's an achievement in itself.
I didn't get the fellowship, fiercely disappointed by that, would have loved it. Would like to feel jealous of those who did get it but they are all so lovely and all equally deserving of it and will make fantastic fellows so I can't even have the jealousy, I was genuinely happy for them...mad eh?
Working full time at Liverpool Biennial for the next few weeks just to make up time lost, it's crazy busy there in the run up to Urbanism in September, the buzz is high and so in the daytime I haven't felt the low of finishing college, of a night when the kids are in bed I feel low. Really missing everyone and a bit concerned about the future.
Filled in an MA application, it's late but you never know and if not there is always next year, except I really want to carry on now while I am still on a high and while I am still enjoying being a student.
Need to make plans, been reading all the call for submissions and will have to apply for some...arghh...the real world.
Scary and exciting times ahead.
# 39 [17 June 2009]
Had to meet the external assessor today, I was so stressed last night but he was lovely, talked about plans for the future more than my artwork but he did congratulate me on my work which was great.
This week has been really strange, I thought it would feel all over but instead I spent hours over the weekend trying to do more to my journal, hadn't been well enough until then and just thought it was worth trying to do rather than just rely on a doctors note saying I was the div who had concussion for 2 weeks!!
Then we had to meet the assessors yesterday and they chose 14 of us to go back in today and talk for half hour, its usually only 6 so we were all really shocked at 14. No-one knows why they were chosen, could be good could be bad, could be just random but it was all fine in the end.
Back to work this week too and thats odd after so long off but kind of good to be back to normality.
On reflection, the Private View went really well, I was far more nervous than I thought I was going to be and couldn't stand by my work for too long but the time I was listening I heard a lot of really positive comments.
The general feeling was that it was great show, we had an amazing gallery space and the curation of the show worked so well. Everyone (well...nearly everyone) deserves a big well done. I am so proud to be a part of this show with such a great bunch of people, I know we will stay in touch.
Results Friday and then I have decided to apply for a Fellowship at the college, a year more there with studio space to define my own practice more before an MA may be exactly what I need. Also I think it would be a great opportunity to be in a mentor type role as ultimately I want to teach at this level. SO many are applying though that it's a touch and go thing I think.
# 38 [13 June 2009]
So, our show was last night and I think it went well, at least I hope so!
People seemed to enjoy the night and the art, heard some really positive comments about everyone's work.
I am still on a bit of a high, so will blog when I have calmed down and reflected but here are some photo's for now.
# 37 [9 June 2009]
The trials and tribulations of pre-degree show life.
The catalogues that we had so carefully designed and then had printed were wrong - we had missed one person out- couldn't be much more disasterous.
Know we had everyone in at first draft but when printed some pages came out blurred so we had to re-do about 20 pages and re-save in high resolution, it took a full day and the pressure was on as they were due to start printing the next day. I have no idea how it happened but poor Phil got left out of the final draft. The worst part is that I didn't notice!!Many tears shed over this.
Fortunately there was an empty page at the back (for obvious reasons now) so the printers have taken them all back, will re-print the whole front/back page and restaple the books together.
No idea on costs yet but I have been assured they will be ready on time - they are 90% sure :(
Then there was the gallery, my work takes up a huge amount of space, more than originally planned but the storage room we built was further away from the wall than I had planned and the curator of the gallery needs 4.5ft between each plinth for some health and safety reason to get the ceiling lights positioned, so it's all kinda extended and looks enormous, very scary to see the amount of space I now have to fill but I think it would look odd with someone else's work placed at the end of mine anyway so it's a good thing.
We are so lucky with the Gallery, it's a fantastic space and we're not all crammed together as in some places but there have been tears from other people over allocated spaces, rightly so in many cases. I think they may all be resolved now, by resoved I don't mean that people are necessarily happy but it all seems to flow well right now so we have to see if it's still the same with the work actually up. Friday's opening night....soooo close now...eeeek
# 36 [5 June 2009]
Feeling SO much better last 2 days. Worked so hard all week and had so many people helping out that the 10 books in tubes are now all FINALLY......FINISHED!!!!
There is however a massive amount of work to do with the actual piano and my whole journal as I haven't been able to look at computers or write for long but ...hey-ho!Will try to do a bit each night until Friday.
Degree Show catalogues were being delivered today and so I had to stay home, 3 of us worked on cutting and glue-ing paper blood cells for my friend who has helped me so much, we actually got loads achieved and will be doing the same over the weekend to help out. I feel we are a really great group in college, we all work so well together.
Anyway, catalogues look good - very exciting to see them. Also, very scary as it all seems too near now.Can't wait to show the other students, really hope they like them.
My husband is offically a star - he took this week off work to look after me, drive me around , make and paint all my plinths and Julie's cloud 'frame' and to just hug me on cue when needed (A LOT)
1 more busy busy week to go......
# 35 [1 June 2009]
SO nearly there, 1 week to go until we are at the gallery and setting up. STRESSSSS
I still have concussion - 10 days since the accident and today is the first day I have started to feel even a bit better, it's mad. I keep getting dizzy spells and stumbling sideways so can't drive yet - concussion is a very strange thing.
Today though this only happened a couple of times and so I must be on the mend at last - my helpers have been busy, I owe so many people favours now. Thank goodness for them all though as I am now nearly half way there..very nearly.
Still having trouble typing, this blog alone is taking forever to correct things, not helped by the fact my K key on the keyboard keeps getting stuck, amazing how often the K key is needed.....7 in that sentence alone!!
# 34 [25 May 2009]
I am so touched by the generosity of fellow students coming to my help. I actually think there may be a chance of finishing now and can't thank them enough.
Head banging, elbows throbbing, back aching....spirits lifted :)
# 33 [24 May 2009]
Dissertation handed in did leave me with a sense of huge relief I have to say, I have taken leave from work, Biennial have been really good about it, 3 weeks off to concentrate on college work.
It is my 40th Birthday today, I am lying in bed with an egg on the back of my head and 2 very bruised elbows from falling over backwards onto cobblestones...lovely night in A+E. The thing I have been most worried about is getting all my work finished in time. There is so much left for me to do and lifting my arms hurts, looking up is impossible and my work is nearly 8ft high. EEK, seriously worried now.
The girls from college have been fantastic and said they will rally around to help me but they will all be so busy with their own work I don't know if I can ask that of them.
Anyway, too sore to worry today, will worry tomorrow.
Illustrator for 18years & now mature student on Fine Art degree course and loving every minute of it.
I seem to be concentrating on Installation work, very far removed from the work I used to do.
Final year, leading into our degree show I am hoping to keep posting regularly on this blog. But with 2 kids & a part time job too...who knows?