I decided a couple of weeks ago to hedge my bets and apply for a printmaking fellowship at the University of Northampton. Unknowingly, my application failed to send so I'm glad I sent a following email. Luckily they were very understanding and offered me an informal interview even though the deadline had passed! Well interview day arrived. After a brief tour and a chat about my portfolio, the Lecturer in Printmaking was nice enough to offer me one of the five printmaking fellowships then and there. This one year opportunity involves a commitment of one day a week supporting students, while another day will be spent using the facilities to develop my art practice. After looking around the facilities and meeting staff members, I am definitely not regretting my application. Plus the fellows are able to exhibit at the Avenue Gallery, a space on campus. This will be a great chance to develop my portfolio for MA applications and to build on my experience in working in Higher Education.
After quite a turbulent year with a lot of change, this opportunity is certainly welcomed. I was apprehensive about visiting the degree show at Loughborough this weekend knowing that a whole year has already passed since my own degree show. Where has that time gone?! It's nice that I will be able to go there knowing that this year hasn't been a complete creative stalemate and that I have something to look forward too.