We’ve caught up with BA (Hons) Fine Art graduate Pam Fletcher who has been awarded the Daler-Rowney Prize for Excellence in Painting!
I graduated in 2016 with a first in BA (Hons) Fine Art
I completed the degree over five year’s part time. After telling my employer I was leaving to do the degree he asked if I was able to stay on in my job on a part time basis. So now that I have graduated I still work part time for the same company, I have the option of working full time, however since June I have been involved in helping to renovate an old factory space to turn them into studios and this is now where I have my own studio space: http://www.templestreetstudios.co.uk, it is an exciting development since graduating.
I have a studio space in which to develop my practice and in addition I was chosen to be part of the New Art West Midlands 2017 exhibition http://www.newartwestmidlands.co.uk which I am very excited about.
I am a Product Management Assistant for an engineering company, a marketing role.
Still working part time has enabled me to continue to pursue my art practice so I consider myself to have two jobs at the moment although juggling the two can be challenging!
My marketing role involves working with a great team of people and there is a general ethos of us all working together for a common goal. My art practice is a great contrast and keeps me in touch with likeminded people and the chance to be involved in lots of new projects.
My university experience has given me more confidence in my abilities both within my artistic practice and the company I work for.
The people; staff and students... You get to meet and work with such an eclectic array of people and learn so much from them not just on a practical level but also on a personal level.
Also the facilities in the Art School are second to none and it’s a great creative hub. Getting to visit exhibitions both in the UK and abroad also provided lots of inspiration. Above all though, learning new skills - although my main practice is involved with painting I was also introduced to lost wax casting whilst at university. This was something I would not have had the opportunity to do otherwise and it became a skill that I became much immersed in, entering the BAMS competition each year and exhibiting my work at the resulting exhibitions.
The studios and the New Art West Midlands will keep me busy for a while and I have two new exhibition projects I am working towards for 2017.