Harry

Freestone

United Kingdom
I like that the city supports my creative practice by having such a vibrant art scene, including international galleries such as Nottingham Contemporary, through to smaller independent galleries that are great at supporting and working with students.

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What made you choose to study Fine Art at NTU?
“I chose to study at NTU because of the diverse studios spaces and workshops. Having the opportunity to work with the other year groups and many of the technicians in great facilities aids in the development of my practice.”

What do you enjoy most about your course?
“What I enjoy most about my course is the art community that the course creates. I’ve built so many connections within the University and out in the city. I’m so privileged to work with so many other fun creatives that then build connections for life.”

What has been your favourite project so far?
"What is so fundamental to Fine Art at NTU is that the course is constantly building on my own practice, so that when I graduate I’ll be set for continuing to work on my practice as an artist. Through the course I like learning about artists, current issues and contemporary art. NTU has given me so many opportunities to learn from international practicing artists, that will inspire me through my career."

Has the course offered any unique opportunities?
“The Fine Art course has given me opportunities to exhibit in galleries such as the Surface Gallery in Nottingham, as well as exposing me to the variety of volunteering opportunities and residencies that without NTU I wouldn’t have been aware of."

Has the course included any guest lectures from industry?
We benefit from talks from practicing artists, curators and speakers every week. One practicing artist whose lecture related to my practice was Emily Jones, and to see the work of an international artist and be able to have a one to one with Emily has really helped develop my work this year.”

What do you think about the course staff?
“Not only are the lecturers on Fine Art practicing artists, they have also been published in many different books. Along with a team of well experienced technicians the course staff are equipped to help us with anything from our writing, artwork to personal support.”

What do you think about the facilities available to you?
“We have great facilities in moving image, sound, wood, clay, metal workshops and more, which aid you to build a contemporary art practice. Bonington Gallery brings contemporary art right to our doorstep. Being able to explore exhibitions on campus whilst studying has been handy. Central facilities like the library are great for accessing research and information on artists; it means you don’t just have to rely on information from the internet.”

What do you like about studying and living in Nottingham?
“I like that the city supports my creative practice by having such a vibrant art scene, including international galleries such as Nottingham Contemporary, through to smaller independent galleries that are great at supporting and working with students. I like the tight knit community of Nottingham’s art scene and student life.”

How do you find the student community within the School of Art & Design?
“Throughout my time at NTU I’ve loved meeting so many interesting and different people. It’s been great to be able to immerse myself into a thriving Art & Design School that offers such diverse courses and attracts so many creative people to the city.”

Why would you recommend your course to others?
“I would recommend people to study Fine Art at NTU to embrace yourself in a really unique course, where you’re not restricted to exploring one area of your practice. The course helps set your career up in the arts as an independent practicing artist.”

If you had to sum up the Fine Art course in 3 words, what would they be?
"Bold, explorative, free."

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