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Graduate Scholarship Programme

Finishing my degree at Salford University has been a crazy experience full of different and intense emotions. I was one of the lucky five to be awarded a place on the University of Salford Art Collection and School of Arts & Media Graduate Scholarship Programme. If you want to know a bit more about this amazing programme check this link out -

I was given a studio space within Islington Mill for 12 months, and so far, having the space has really changed my whole practice.

Throughout my university experience I thought that my practice focused on social issues and that I expanded on this through my practice. I now realise that this was not the case. I was subconsciously responding to issues within my personal life but put these feelings down to wider issues. I don’t know if I am making much sense here so I will give a quick example. At the time of shooting Rorschach Woman my mother experienced sexual harassment at work. My mother works in politics and this was at the start of her career she visited a talk within Parliament where she was the only woman from her cohort. This is when the comments started, ‘you are only wearing heels to be more liked’ and ‘you should really wear a dress rather then that suit, are you trying to fit in with the men’. Although she brushed it off I can see that it hurt her and made her feel like she shouldn’t have been there. The project was about all women to be seen as the same thing and trying to change this, at the time I thought that I was focusing on the women of the past but I now I see there was deeper meaning. This has been the same for all of my projects.

After discovering this deeper meaning within my work, I am now working on making this my focus. Using the things, I am most passionate about to help others tell their stories. My aim to give voices to those that were left unheard. Taking a critical view on social, political and cultural issues.

Keep an eye out on this blog I can’t wait to show you all my new project!

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