More about Jake
Jake graduated from our BA (Hons) Fine Art course in 2015, here he tells us what he enjoyed most about the course, and what he's been up to since graduating.
What made you choose to study at NTU?
“I’ll never forget the first time I visited the Fine Art studios. Their expansiveness and levels of natural light meant that I could be really ambitious with my work from Year One.”
What did you most enjoy about studying Fine Art?
“The course offered a huge amount of equipment for students working with video and sound. The multimedia technicians are knowledgeable, patient and encouraged me to be ambitious technically. They offered one-to-one feedback sessions on a regular basis.”
Since graduating from NTU, what have you been up to?
“After graduating in 2015, I have continued to work and reside in Nottingham. I am the studio manager at BACKLIT, an independent art gallery and studios in Nottingham.
“I work as an artist, employing computer animation, video and sound to consider the inadequacy of the human form in the face of our increasingly ubiquitous technological climate. My solo exhibition ‘Future Body’ opened recently at The Collection, Lincoln. The exhibition features five large-scale audio-visual works, including Dreams in Ultraviolet that was commissioned for the exhibition.”
How did studying Fine Art at NTU help you get to where you are today?
“The course taught me to be proactive in creating my own opportunities following graduation. The friends that I made on the course became the most important contacts. A critical dialogue and an opportunity for collaboration has continued with many of my peers two years on.”
What was the most valuable lesson you learnt whilst on the course?
“The most valuable thing that I learnt was the importance of taking risks and accepting failure as an important and constructive part of the creative process.”
Why would you recommend studying Fine Art to someone looking to study in that area?
“The tutors and technical staff are extremely generous with their time. I had regular one-to-one contact with the team, which I believe is rare amongst similar courses.”