More about Chris
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“The broad and open-ended nature of the course, the inviting atmosphere of the studios and the interactions with the tutors. As soon as I visited I knew I needed to be here; everything about NTU was so vibrant and invigorating, I remember walking through the studios and thinking I need to be a part of this.”
What have you enjoyed most about the course?
“I have enjoyed my entire experience and I don’t want it to end! I mostly enjoy the in-residence weeks and the peer-led workshops that go on during these times. It’s a chance to try out something new and step outside your comfort zone, but they also give you the chance to offer something to other students on the course.”
Has the course included any guest speakers?
“We have live lectures on a weekly basis which involve visits from established contemporary artists. Hetain Patel was one of my personal favourites; he spoke with such confidence and clearly had an intense passion for his practice. He spoke about the practicalities of being an artist and the stages he has been through during his career which was helpful to hear about.”
How do you find the facilities?
“The studio spaces are vibrant and cultural with plenty of space to work and make, I really enjoy all the different conversations that go on each day as all year groups are mixed in the studios. The workshops are always open and are an inviting space to experiment with whatever you want.
“Bonington Gallery is a good place to go and soak up some inspiration, with each exhibition being different from the last.”
What do you enjoy most about studying and living in Nottingham?
“The buzz of the city, there is always something going on and something to involve yourself with.”
What was your first year highlight?
“My highlight was probably the course trip to Copenhagen where I had the opportunity to experience art in a different environment and explore with new-found friends.”
Has the course provided you with any work experience opportunities?
“Yes, I’ve worked at many galleries and with established artists, run group exhibitions, coordinated the marketing and budget for events and held workshops. I’ve also travelled and undertaken international work experience as a studio assistant. Finally, I’m a course representative and student ambassador which involves giving tours and helping out at interviews and open days.”