Wolverhampton School of Art

Kathryn Gough: The Dean's Prize for Excellence in MA Fine Art: Q&A

We’ve caught up with graduate Kathryn Gough who has been awarded The Dean's Prize for Excellence in MA Fine Art!

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‌What degree did you study with us, when did you graduate?

First of all I completed my degree in BA (Hons) Fine Art in 2013. I was then awarded a Bursary as a part of my MA in Fine Art; to which I was able to mentor the Level 5 BA Fine Art students. I have just completed my MA Fine Art degree.

What did you do after graduation?

After I graduated with my BA (Hons) Fine Art degree I went straight into my masters, whilst working alongside the course at Chase Terrace Technology College as an Art Technician and I created cross curriculum workshops with the students, as teaching/mentoring is something I am very passionate about.

What is your current job?

I keep myself very busy as I have two jobs, I work at a school as I have previously mentioned. I am also a Grill Chef at the Longford House Beefeater Restaurant in Cannock which is near to where I live. This job consists of working under pressure, leading and working alongside a fabulous team of individuals. However I have recently applied for the GTA position within the University of Wolverhampton. I love being a part of the University of Wolverhampton and I wish to pursue a career here. I wish to pass on my experience, passion and knowledge in supporting the students as well as making a difference to people’s lives.

Katt 22What’s the best part of your job?

I do really enjoy my job at the restaurant as I enjoy cooking and being creative. However my goals in life is to become a teacher/ lecturer; as I love meeting new people and wish to inspire them as my tutors have inspired me through my journey at the University of Wolverhampton.

How did studying at the University of Wolverhampton help you to gain this job?

My studies at the University of Wolverhampton have helped to shape me into a professional artist. The course module entitled Professional Practice and Enterprise was particularly helpful as the course guided me in creating a website, c.vs, brand logo and how to approach industries when taking your art work into the ‘real’ world. This course was extremely helpful and has filtered down into knowledge and experience in other job roles.

‌What, for you, was the best part of studying at the University of Wolverhampton?

I have enjoyed every moment at the University of Wolverhampton, hence why I’m coming back in September hopefully (fingers crossed) and get onto the GTA course. One of my most memorable moments was at my final MA Show in 2015 and they announced I had won the MA award; it was totally unexpected and made me feel that all the hard work and late nights had achieved something wonderful. I was surrounded by my past lectures and tutor’s throughout my years at the University of Wolverhampton and was proud of what I had accomplished.

What’s next for you?

Next for me as I have said is to hopefully get onto the GTA course and start my career within teaching and support of students. I have also been putting on my own exhibitions, one in Wolverhampton at Eagle works and I had one in Walsall last weekend in the old shopping square which was very successful. I will continue to keep myself busy including voluntary student mentoring I do at the University of Wolverhampton with the level 5 students. I have also done voluntary work at Wolverhampton Art Gallery and I was in the paper for assisting in the setup of Tony Oursler Exhibition, this was also an opportunity I had discovered through the University of Wolverhampton.

Overall my time here at the University of Wolverhampton has been wonderful.

To find out more about MA Fine Art, see here!

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