5 Year Career Progression.
I would firstly like to finish the course I am on with a sufficiently high grade to go on to the MA course at Writtle College. There are two reasons why I would like to study further at Writtle College. Firstly I understand that the college currently offers a £1000 reduction for students who achieve a 1st at degree level. Secondly, after looking at MA courses on offer from other colleges I think Writtle offers a better environment to study. Particularly with the option of attending the Monday morning drawing sessions and other lectures or workshops on offer. I feel that the MA students at Writtle are still very much valued as participants in everything going on, whereas having spoken to other MA students at different universities it can be quite an isolated experience.
Having completed an MA I would like, if possible, to teach part time. I have completed some research and most vacancies seem to be in secondary schools with a salary range of £20,000 – £34,000 per annum, although these would not be available to me without a PGCE which would be another year of study with a cost of £9,000. Alternatively I would be able to teach an undergraduate level but these positions seem quite hard to locate. Though currently, the University of Sussex is offering 5 Phd positions, with salary and subsistence payments in Digital and Sound Art amongst others.
Equally, as an artist I am quite interested in taking some studio space for at least one year and focussing completely on trying to get work shown and hopefully sell some also. In London renting studio space can cost anything from £258 a month to £2000 a month depending on where the studio is and the size of the space. Closer to home, Cuckoo Farm Studios in Colchester have a range of buildings available to rent. They work as a community and have an on-site gallery with regular exhibitions, it is open to the public and they require all artists working there to engage with the community and they have strong links to Colchester College. For me, I like the idea of working alongside a range of people and working with the community I really feel it is important for people with an interest in art to be able to access it at whatever level they require, to remove the elitism and open creativity to everyone.
Lastly, I have become really interested in what Jack Gibbon is achieving in Bristol. He is the founder of Antlers, which is a nomadic gallery with no permanent residence. Instead he takes short term leases on empty shops across the city centre. He stages exhibitions in high profile spaces at a fraction of the cost of a long term lease and a great reduction in other overheads. He sells original art but also limited edition prints, so that with an increased footfall as the spaces are in such high profile places he can hopefully sell both original and printed pieces, increasing his profit. I really like this idea especially as our town centres are full of so many empty spaces at the moment and it is a way for a variety of artists to get their work shown.
In the meantime I mean to work on achieving a good CV whilst still at college so I am armed with some good credentials on leaving and can then start making solid choices on what I am equipped to do.