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Artworks Inspired by Festival 2015 on display at artOne Studios and the Minerva Theatre

Two artistic disciplines come together as Chichester Festival Theatre’s Emerging Artist in Residence, Sehila Craft, exhibits a collection of work inspired by Festival 2015.  Sehila Craft, an MA Fine Art student at the University of Chichester, was appointed as Emerging Artist in Residence in March. Over the course of the Festival, she has produced drawings of areas around the Theatre building as well as observing rehearsals for Way Upstream and The Rehearsal.

MA Fine Art Programme Co-ordinator, Shirley Chubb, said: ‘I have always been keen to develop inter-disciplinary opportunities for our students. The residency provides an exciting real-life opportunity for a student and the Theatre has been extremely supportive in allowing Sehila first-hand experience of such a vibrant and varied creative environment.’

The residency has given Sehila the opportunity to reflect on her own work and develop her style and method. She said: ‘Observing the London rehearsals made me think about the repetition that goes on during the rehearsal process. This is similar to my drawing method. I draw with charcoal, then rub back and an after-image remains. The traces of the ‘lost’ performance are evident in the new performance. Repetition has become a major consideration in my thinking and ongoing painting practice.’  Over the past few months Sehila has been developing her drawings and sketches into final pieces to display at her MA degree show, predominantly using oil on canvas to create figurative illustrations of the Theatre building and the activities that take place inside.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s Executive Director, Alan Finch, said: ‘It’s been wonderful for us to build our relationship with the University through this project and to welcome Sehila into the building to see our working processes. We look forward to seeing the finished pieces.’

Sehila’s works will be displayed across two exhibitions. The MA Fine Art degree show takes place at artOne Studios, 8 – 15 September. A further selection of paintings will be displayed in the Minerva Theatre, Chichester from 10 September – 14 November.

 

Brad Kenny (Graduated 2014 - BA Fine Art Student)

The (BA) Fine Art degree has given me the biggest development I thought possible in skills and understanding of art, and in my practice as a painter, (my preferred medium is oil paint on canvas). When I arrived at Chichester I was confident in my abilities with a realism style of painting. By the end of the degree I have a totally different style and techniques with abstractly expressive representation. I felt confident with my practice, and where I am in the art world and to call myself an artist. However, remaining at Chichester for my MA, I'm beginning to learn that there is still a lot of development ahead of me. With the support and guidance of the fantastic tutors here, and in the first class artOne studio, I feel that my practice is progressing further, sometimes in a way I had not thought possible. My comprehension of contextual and theoretical art is constantly being questioned, even requiring some unlearning in order to learn. There is a demand for commitment, consistency, discipline and self-study. I am continuing to develop at Chichester and even in my personal life, in this short time, I feel much more confident. It is only now I am beginning to understand the importance and responsibility the role of artist has to represent the modern age, and how vital it is for my career to develop through my MA and beyond. Like any artist, I’m not certain where I am heading off to, there are no certainties, but I know that the University of Chichester continues to push me to master my craft.

 

Gemma Green (Graduated 2013 – MA Fine Art student)

Since graduating from a BA degree in May 2013, I have continued my studies in an MA in Fine Art at the University of Chichester. I decided to further my education to develop my professional practice and gain new skills. I was fortunate to have a number of opportunities throughout my degree course which enhanced my abilities and experiences, including learning how to organise exhibitions, marketing myself as an independent artist and encouraging my confidence in public speaking. At the end of my BA I also undertook a PTLLS course and gained a qualification in lifelong learning which enables me to teach workshops to adults.

In September 2014, I had a wonderful opportunity to participate in a new, innovative collaborative project between Pallant House Gallery and the University of Chichester, in which I was partnered with an artist from their Outside In initiative. This is currently an ongoing project which has been inspirational and a great chance to learn and develop skills and knowledge through a shared artistic experience.

Studying both my BA and MA at Chichester has taught me a lot about myself, my art practice and has presented me with some amazing opportunities and experiences. I hope to build a successful career as an artist once I graduate.

 

Livi Kattenhorn (Graduated 2013 – Artist)

''Since leaving the BA in 2013 my journey started right from the Degree Show. On the opening night I was thrilled to have sold three of my paintings. Over the following two weeks of the show I sold another two which I was ecstatic about and gave me a boost of confidence in believing in myself and my work. Its an incredible feeling to have a concept behind the paintings that people read into and therefore want to own a piece, something I'd never thought would happen to me. After the Degree show I took a month out travelling around California to help inspire images for further paintings. During my time out there I was called by Aspex Gallery in Gunwharf Quays as they had nominated me for the South of England Platform Graduate Award 2013.  Aspex exhibited my work in their gallery for two weeks among other artists. I didn't get through to the final award, however this gave me great gallery experience and further contacts. More recently I have continued to have my website up and running www.oliviakattenhorn.com, built a functional studio and I am currently in the process of registering myself as a self-employed artist. Alongside this I have continued my love for photography and have exhibited work in small pubs in Southsea resulting in some of my images appearing in local calendars.  I would like to progress into a teaching field in the future as well as working self-employed as an artist. In fact they are my two dream jobs!”

 

Maria Caldaralo  (Graduated 2013 – Artist with aspirations to be a yoga teacher)

After graduating in 2013, I moved to the south west of France.  I have been working odd jobs and trying to improve my French, which has left plenty of time for me to continue my art practice.  I have been crocheting with recycled fabric, as craft supplies (and money!) are a bit thin on the ground. I have also been teaching myself to cross-stitch. My plan for the next year is to get some money together and train to be a yoga teacher.

Although art has not stayed as big a part of my life as it was at Uni, the experience was worth the hard work. Being part of a group of like-minded people, in an inspirational working environment is something I really miss. If I could do it again I would, for all the right reasons!

 

Emil Thompson (Graduated 2012 – Artist)

Studying Fine Art at the University of Chichester provided me with a fantastic springboard from which to launch my career in the arts. Many of the interpersonal skills I learned there - especially the ability to talk about my work in front of other people have enabled me to carry my practice forward into new and exciting areas. Since leaving the university I have returned to Scotland where I have embarked on an MFA at Dundee's prestigious Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. The confidence I gained in contextualizing my work at Chichester really helped me to enter this course with a much deeper understanding of Fine Art and its critical methodologies and allowed me to push my practice to a much higher level than I had previously imagined possible. I am now exploring ways of taking my current working and theoretical practice - which deals with local creative cultural value and the inspirational landscape of place - into an national and international arena.
In conclusion I have to say that it was my time at Chichester that really provided me with a solid foundation from which to build my current artistic and vocational aspirations.

 

Steph Hobbs (Graduated 2011 – artist)

Since completing my degree in 2011, I have focused my work on wildlife, something that I've always had a strong connection too. Most of my work comes from private commissions which I've been lucky to have had consistently since finishing university. I also exhibit at local art fairs where I sell both prints and original art works. I've learnt that it’s important to put yourself out there, so I joined Marwell International Wildlife Art Society. This has given me access to other artists and enabled me exhibit with them annually. The presentations i gave during my degree gave me the confidence I needed and I have been running my own weekly art workshop for nearly 2 years now, something I find immensely rewarding and I hope in the future to have my own studio that i can directly work from. 

 

Katie Martin (Graduated 2011 - Cass Foundation coordinator)

Since finishing my degree in May 2011 I carried out an internship at Cass Sculpture Foundation, Goodwood. The internship was a real eye opener into the art world, how the commissioning process works, how a successful organization manages large scale projects; I learnt all the things you don't find in a textbook but are essential for working in the art world. Through completing the internship the foundation recognized my skills and offered me a job; I have been working as the foundation coordinator since July 2011.

Through studying fine art at University of Chichester I gained a number of skills that have helped me in my career path. I have become a confident public speaker which is a skill I often use in my job and is a skill that I learnt from doing presentations at uni. My confidence also grew whilst on the course and this has been really essential; not only in my job but in marketing myself as an independent sculptor. Through completing my degree I have been given the skills I need to carry out a hopefully long and successful career in the art world, it was definitely a worthwhile journey.

 

Sarah Ridley (Graduated 2011 - Artist)

Since leaving Uni I have completed commission for a bench in Oaklands Park for the Disctrict Council. I used the money from selling the large figure carving at my Uni degree show to buy materials and made a 16ft yurt from scratch; I plan to rent out yurts to campers. I have begun a blacksmithing course which I am thoroughly enjoying and did a one-day course at the Weald and Downland on Pole-Lathe turning (where I am also now volunteering). I have now built my own lathe, bought my own set of lathe chisels and I hope to make a supplementary living by selling what I make, whether it is Art or craft. Despite appearances, I don't want to diversify too much so that I can get very good at a few things, rather than spreading myself too thinly. I am putting myself forward for commissions; for a new hotel in Connecticut USA, and others. I am under no illusions that it will go anywhere but it's good practice. I'm also designing a collection of furniture and objets d'Art. I had work shown in an exhibition at Chichester Cathedral, Bishops Palace Gardens, in July ’11, for “Love Parks” week.

 

Sarah Ozanne (Graduated 2011 - artist and passenger service agent)

During the last couple of months of my studies I worked as an intern at the Cass Sculpture Foundation, which gave me a better understanding on how an art foundation is run. My artist knowledge improved as well as learning the processes that the artists have to go through to get to that end result.

After finishing my course I had to go back home to Guernsey. I applied for scholarships and bursaries so that I could take an MA, but unfortunately I had to defer my entry. I am now looking into taking my MA next year which means working for a year to save up enough to help with expenses, and will be applying for scholarships in Easter.
I am now working as a passenger service agent at Guernsey Airport which is great as I am not stuck in front of a computer all day and I still have time to sketch ideas, keep active and join in with art events.

I really enjoyed studying at UoC and can’t wait to apply my skills and knowledge into my own practice in a couple of years’ time.

 

Hannah Hopkins (Graduated 2010 - artist)

Since leaving in 2010 I was selected as one of the 10 finalists out of 300, for the signature art awards in London. I didn’t win, however one of the prizes was to be signed up by the gallery. After the exhibition the gallery approached me and signed me up anyway. So I was chuffed with that. I got into the Stride Open Art, and I’ve also just had 2 paintings excepted in another open exhibition in Runnymede. Also I’ve just been selected to exhibit my work in Pall Mall London at the Parallax art fair in the summer, which will be followed by my own little solo exhibition at the Oxmarket at the end of August. So I’m busy trying to produce enough paintings! Here’s my website if you want to have a peak at what I’ve been up to. www.hannahhopkins-portraits.co.uk

 

Lucy Greenfield (Graduated 2010 - Art project worker with Pallant House Gallery)

During my time at Uni I applied for the MA course to carry on my studies, however on leaving in 2010 I decided to defer my place on the course as I wasn't sure which direction I wanted to go. In September 2010 I started interning at Pallant House Gallery with Outside In, a project that supports marginalised artists. I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time with the Outside In team giving me a fantastic opportunity to grow within their organisation and be part of the innovative Learning and Community team at the gallery. In January I was offered part time work within the organisation; my role as a project worker for involves supporting artists, updating the website, creating the monthly newsletter and in the last few months I have been given responsibility for the Outside In Gallery in Wellington House Day Centre in Brighton.

The University of Chichester helped me confirm the importance of art in my own life, it taught me great drive and focus. It gave me confidence in my creative practice and this is something that I find important when working with other artists, to pass on that belief in your work. The end of year degree show at the university gave me a diverse range of skills, from curating an exhibition in a small space to practical skills in putting on a show that I am using now in my career.

 

Eileen Maspero and Chris Whittington (Graduated  2010 - Artists and freelance Art teachers)

"We are both self employed artists, running our own business Decima Designs. We started this venture in Oct 2009 so that we had something to go straight into when we left UoC. We are still going strong 2 years later running our own part time classes in Fused Glass, Leaded Glass and Ceramics. We have a steady stream of learners through these classes, some returning time after time on a new course. We make work to sell through The Oxmarket in Chichester, The Spring Gallery in Havant, and other local outlets. We are in the process of making stock to sell next year at Firle Place and Stanstead House Garden Shows, as well as other venues. We are renting an artist's studio in Drayton, Hants, which we share with a wildlife artist, and here we have enough space to run our classes from as well as carry out our own work. We are at the moment self-supporting as this is our full time jobs.

The Donald Wilson House project, which we undertook and subsequently won the commission for, in our second year at UoC, gave us the confidence and a little cash to carry forward plans that we were making for our future after Uni. Those plans have become reality and hopefully will continue for years to come.

 

Mat Stanton (Graduated 2009 - MA student)

I'm currently halfway through my MA course at Bath and I am still creating paintings based around a club theme. To say it's hard work is a bit of an understatement but I'm finding the course very enjoyable.

 

Toff Rigert (Graduated 2009 – Photographer)

After leaving Uni I showed work in the Joy Gallery and the Joy Festival, all of which I sold. I am now living in Switzerland where I manage a custom ski boot shop in Verbier. I am skiing and training to compete in Free-ride competitions. I will follow this up by going to New Zealand and carrying on with my free skiing and working to get rid of my debts. I have made a new web site www.toffstudio.com. The running of the shop here in Switzerland obviously takes up a lot of my time and during my rest period I hope to get back to taking some pictures for future works. University of Chichester helped me to realise what I wish to do in life, and gave me the confidence and skills to research how to make it work. It has also given me the ability to be self-directed and productive.

 

Alice Corby (Graduated 2009 – Artist and freelance art teacher)

Since finishing University I have been involved in Hampshire open studios where I sold numerous pieces of work, and did some work at a specialist arts school for students aged 11-16. When this finished I applied to volunteer out in India with Raleigh international. I have been out here since January 2011. I have been working in very poor communities building toilets and digging elephant trenches etc..... and I am now travelling in India for a couple more weeks and will be back at the start of May 2011. Myself and 7 Uni friends did an exhibition last August; we have a website called www.fromone.co.uk and we are planning to keep going with that.

 

Vikki Leedham (Graduated 2009 – Assistant Curator)

I've been Assistant Curator at the Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden for almost two years now. My responsibilities have grown somewhat since I first started. I now do all the marketing, advertising and so on for the garden, and I also do all the photography - which has led to me starting my own business as a freelance photographer. (I have had several large jobs as a photographer, including all the artwork for a large farmshop which opened in my area) I have also been asked to make a film of the garden this year, which is shown on our website as a 'video tour', and is for sale in the gallery as a DVD. I am responsible for looking after the sculpture garden every winter whilst the owner is overseas - which includes various admin, checking the garden and the sculpture etc. Hannah Peschar (the owner/curator) now asks my opinion with regards to new sculptures, and whether I feel they would work in the sculpture garden. I organise school, educational and group visits for large numbers, and have had to do small introduction talks to some. I invoice all clients, group visits etc, and organise transport for the sculpture to be shipped once purchased. Hannah and I make studio visits to new artists, which is always a fascinating insight into how different artists work.

I also act as Hannah's PA - she depends on me to do a lot of tasks for her, which otherwise would take her twice as long to do.

 

Katie Parfey (Graduated 2009 – Artist)

Since completing my Degree, I have set up a studio with another graduate and am currently researching for new work with which to approach galleries. Shortly after the degree show, I was made redundant from my job and took this as a sign to commit completely to life as a struggling artist! The degree developed my organizational abilities, my personal discipline and my problem-solving resources and also my self-belief. I have every intention of continuing to push myself and question life through art and will hopefully show in London in future.

 

Rosina Godwin (Graduated 2009 – Artist)

Since leaving university in 2009, I have organised a solo show, titled DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES at the West End Centre, Aldershot, and in 2010 exhibited with Jane Askew www.janeaskew.co.uk in THE UNCANNY:- EXPLORING AN UNCERTAIN REALITY, at the Harvey Gallery, Guildford. I have volunteered for a variety of organisations, including working as a Marketing Analyst at Fishbourne Roman Palace, Recruitment Co-ordinator at the Citizen Advice Bureau, general volunteering at Aspex Gallery and as a Front of House Assistant at Camden Arts Centre; where I have recently completed an in-house art handling training course. In 2010, I completed the C&G PTLLS teaching qualification; I am currently studying for the Chartered Institute of Marketing Professional Certificate and C&G Level 1 Book-keeping, both of which I hope to complete in December2011. During 2011 I have participated in several London art exhibitions, including the 10 GALES PRIZE, 10 Gales Gallery, Bethnal Green, PARALLAX AF at La Galleria, Pall Mall (where an image of my work was used for the poster) and the BRENT SALON DES ARTS, at Willesden Green Gallery. I am currently learning to write funding raising bids, and working with Unity Arts Trust at the VCACD (Voluntary and Community Action), Chichester.   www.rosinagodwin.co.uk

 

Vicki Isted (Graduated 2008 – Photographer & Digital Artist)

After graduating from my Fine Art degree, I was unsure of how to progress and decided to take a further course and study a diploma in Photography. During this time I was contacted by several companies to design logos and spent several months creating images for an online bespoke kitchen design application. However, I caught the photography bug and was asked by a local events photographer (www.smileevent.co.uk) to assist and edit photographs; I have since been approached by another larger photography company and now assist at a greater range of events and weddings, along with the admin side of things! All in all, it has so far been a great experience where I've met so many people and been to some amazing events!

I am now building up my portfolio of work on my fresh new website (www.vicki-isted.co.uk) where I sell photographic prints and t-shirt designs. I have also had work exhibited during the Arundel Festival and photographs printed in Portsmouth's 'The News' and published on Portsmouth City Council's website and have recently had my first private request to photograph a wedding.

Without my degree behind me, and more specifically my first two years studying a minor in Design for Digital Media I wouldn't have the skills and knowledge I gained with Adobe and my understanding of design, print and screen and the ability to work independently with my own ideas.

 

Robyn Allen (Graduated 2008 – Trainee teacher)

Doing a PGCE at the university of Bedfordshire. University of Chichester and course helped me with my confidence in sharing ideas and talking to groups of people. Also started me off on my journey of reflective thinking which is handy for the PGCE.

 

Katie Davis (Graduated 2008 – Artist and Art Therapy MA student)

Things are going well for me. I am still very much an artist, loving every minute I can spend with paintbrush or ink-quill in hand. I am currently studying an MA in Art Therapy at the University of Hertfordshire and expect to be finishing May 2013. My time at Chichester University allowed me time and space to explore my creativity.

During the third year I began to think about my future, knowing that I wanted to keep my artistic side alive. In one of the art tutorials I revisited the world of 'Outsider Art' and wondered what it would be like to help change others' perspectives using art, which led me to where I am now. I am hoping to qualify as an art therapist and continue with my practice as an artist. I still hold a great sense of affection and respect for the tutors at University of Chichester, since you all have helped me to believe in my 'artist' self.

 

Dan Hasker (Graduated 2008 – art teacher)

After leaving University of Chichester I worked as a teaching assistant. This was a good experience, having benefited from learning support myself while at Uni; it was a good chance to give something back. After working there for a year I then went on to study at Reading University for my PGCE in secondary art, and I'm now in the process of looking for an art teaching job. Needless to say my experience at Chichester Uni was a great benefit to me and will be something I will draw on throughout my life.

 

Edward Neville (Graduated 2007 - Designer)

Since graduating from the University of Chichester I have been doing my best to climb the creative commercial ladder. Shortly after my graduation I secured a creative position working for the Merlin Entertainments Group. I worked in an unusual role unique to the theme park and leisure industry; spanning initial design concepts, artwork, placement recommendation and installation as well as management of idea creation for projects out sourced to specialist suppliers. After three years in this position I decided to develop my skills further by moving to project manage a creative agency where I could work with some amazing established brands. I manage commercial creative solutions on-brand and on-budget by combining traditional design methodologies, with exciting new technology to produce creative solutions that embrace both digital and printed visuals.

 

Helen Higgins (Graduated 2007 - artist and aspiring curator).

After graduating I worked as Artist in Residence at Christ’s Hospital School, a charitable boarding school in West Sussex. This was a fantastic opportunity to develop my printmaking and teaching skills. As part of the Community Action project I took a group of sixth form students to Romania running arts workshops for children with special/social needs and spent the following summer teaching English in a school in rural Nepal.

During my residency I was selected to take part in Visual biographies: object, art and archaeological practice (Southampton University). I curated two solo exhibitions, exhibited at the London Art Fair, AAF, ran workshops in Amsterdam and featured in several group shows across the UK.

Since 2009 I have worked part-time as Museum Assistant and Archivist at C.H Museum whilst completing public art commissions and photographic projects for a number of Museums and Galleries. Worthing Museum and Art Gallery commissioned a solo show in January 2011 in which I explored and reinterpreted works from their archaeological collection.

In May 2011 I completed an internship at the Hayward Gallery, primarily working on British Art Show 7. (http://www.britishartshow.co.uk/) This furthered my interest in Curating and I am now studying for a Postgraduate Diploma in the History of Art (The Courtauld Institute of Art). I aim to complete an MA the following year.

My BA degree equipped me with a vast range of applicable skills vital to the progression of my career so far. The Fine Art tutors have continued to be incredibly supportive since I graduated in 2007.

 

Kay Mawer (Graduated 2007 – Entrepreneur and business woman)

Owner and MD of Clothkits

 

Jo Wilbraham (Graduated 2007 – Artist)

During my years at university I fell in love with painting portraits. Thanks to guidance from tutors and inspiration from friends and other students, I eventually found a painting technique that both scared and excited me. Pushed by tutors to take bigger risks in painting, I learnt the most and produced what I consider better paintings. Without being encouraged to be analytical of my own work, and to examine my own agendas before painting, I would not have progressed to make paintings I felt I could be proud of. Since leaving University, one of my larger canvases was accepted for the Chichester Open Art exhibition. I was 'highly commended' by the judges, received the 'visitors prize' and sold the work. This has convinced me to push my career forward as a painter. Currently I'm in India working in an orphanage, and I'm looking forward to starting my next body of work based on the children I've worked with. My paintings intend to draw attention to that which remains unseen or unnoticed. This theme related to images of women, and eventually myself whilst at University. I now hope to relate the concept to my experience in India, and to the children I have met here. I also want to continue experimenting with paint and push myself to take more risks to develop my technique and skill. I was told by a tutor in my 2nd year, to stop trying to paint like everyone else and to 'paint like Jo' and this has been the most releasing advice I have had!

 

Phoebe Allman (Graduated 2007– Arts management intern)

It's been an interesting couple of years since finishing my degree. I successfully completed my MSc Business and Management course at Portsmouth and then lived in London for a year. I now work with Southampton University as the administrator/project assistant for the Technology Enhanced Learning Task Group (for the Faculty of Health Sciences). It's an interesting role in the front line of incorporating new technologies and tools into teaching methods, which hopes to fully engage younger students who are particularly savvy when it comes to these new-fangled things. It's all a bit new and I am being asked to do a variety of work from admin and correspondence to website management and the creation of teaching resources. It is very enjoyable and I am looking forward to a wealth of training on new software. I am on a fixed-term contract until April 2012 by which time I will have built up an excellent knowledge base which I will no doubt use to continue my career within the educational sector, as I find it more compatible to my nature than cut-throat business.

 

Hannah Rodmell (Graduated 2007 - artist and art teacher)

"Since leaving The University of Chichester I exhibited a few of my paintings in the 2007 Joy exhibition which was great fun! After our degree show I was approached by the online website New Blood Art where I successfully sold work from my series of New York paintings. I then went on to work at a Guildford House Gallery but decided to move to London after a year to push myself as an Artist, open up more opportunities and further my passion to be an Art teacher.

London was definitely a good move as I am constantly surrounded by amazing art and love visiting all the galleries which are on my door step! I managed to get a job in a gallery based in Wimbledon called AGallery where I worked as a gallery assistant and enjoyed working at exhibitions in the heart of London's Pall Mall.

At the end of 2008 after lots of hard work I managed to get a job as an Art teacher giving private tuition to all ages around the Kensington and Chelsea area which I absolutely love! I also do an after school Art club at a lovely school in Chelsea called Cameron House.

Recently I have been offered a place as an Artist in Residence in Wimbledon over the summer months where I have been creating workshops based around my own art work as well as exhibiting which has proven to be very exciting and fulfilling.

I am now lucky enough to have my own art studio where I can paint and continue to develop my ideas as well as having my dream job!

The University of Chichester helped me to really push myself as an artist and to keep trying! None of it has come easy and it is all very hard work, but I have learnt that you can achieve what you want if you really put your mind to it...you can't sit back just waiting for things to happen!

 

David Pratt (Graduated 2006 – Artist)

Since leaving Chichester university in May 2006 I have been developing some further projects involving drawn imagery in a three dimensional setting. Through this graphic/ found object mix I am experimenting with narratives and the way that the 'vehicle' affects, heightens or transforms them. In this way I am attempting to find a new vocabulary, tweaking and biasing meaning like a cook with herbs. This curious free range blend of genres is doubtless a direct result of my time spent at Chichester where we were never constrained by a single area of study but encouraged to form a dialogue across disciplines. I think what was special about the course was the way it accepted, what you brought to it and encouraged you to think in new contexts. I really enjoyed the three years I spent on this infinitely flexible course. In September I am starting a year at the Prince’s Drawing School in London. David also has work at the Cass Sculpture Foundation: www.sculpture.org.uk

 

Suzi Smith (Graduated 2006 – Website Producer and Graphic Designer)

After working as a gallery assistant for a year or so, I decided that I desperately needed to be creating art again. I am currently Website Producer and Graphic Designer at a commercial radio station in Guildford, 96.4 Eagle Radio (www.964eagle.co.uk), part of the UKRD Group which also runs Spirit FM in Chichester. I am making art in my spare time; frustrating at times and very busy but great fun!

 

Ashley Weller (Graduated 2006 – Artist, planning to do an MA)

Since leaving the University of Chichester in summer of 2006 I have worked within a number of fields from carpentry through to administration while continuing to develop my own Art in my spare time. Now I have financially found my feet I am able to look forward to starting my own small business. Alongside this I am hoping to do an MA in Arts Management. My time at Chichester gave me the skill and confidence to produce work with a much greater psychological depth, offered many opportunities to display my work within the University and other galleries around Chichester, and gave me experience in organizing and setting up exhibitions and events.

 

Sam McGann (Graduated 2006 – Artist and support worker)

I work as a support worker for adults with learning difficulties at the moment. I graduated 2006 thinking I would become a teacher and ended up getting teaching experience in a special needs school. This experience gained at the school, coupled with skills learnt on my degree course, landed me my my current job, ‘Group support worker in digital media and creative activities’. In this role I work for the Aldingbourne Trust, a charity which helps adults with learning difficulties learn and develop skills which may eventually lead to paid work. I work in a shared role in the digital media computer studio where we produce documentaries and films with clients teaching them skills with digital cameras and to use editing software to make the films. We also run photography groups and encourage clients to take all the pictures for our magazines and all published material, we also encourage entry of films and photography into competitions. I do some one to one support with clients. I still do artwork, and have exhibited and sold work through the Joy Gallery in Chichester. I share a studio space with some other young artists in town and spend a great deal of spare time painting etc.

 

Louise Green (Graduated 2005 – Community Artist)

During my degree I did a vocational project where I worked at HMP Ford art classes for three months and I implemented my own visual diary project. Working there made me realise the immense talent that the criminal mind can have and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of working with people within this realm. As soon as I finished Uni I started work at West Sussex Youth Offending team, doing community based art projects with youth offenders aged from 11-18, such as painting murals in children's playgrounds, decorating nurseries with wooden animals and numbers and making greeting cards for charity. I thoroughly enjoy it, even though it can be so challenging it can be so rewarding. I also help out at an after-school art group for younger kids and am also about to start working with mental health patients, helping them paint murals and taking them out to art galleries.

 

Bekkie Gadd (Graduated 2005 - Art Teacher)

I am Head of Art at a Testwood Sports College in Totton, Southampton - I went into teaching after doing my dissertation about Art in secondary school, went for the shorter option as I don’t like writing! - I did PGCE at Bath Spa Uni. I don’t get much time to do my own work - (hardly get any time off as a teacher!) - I do stuff in the holidays. I have been to the degree shows every year at chi to see the work - you don’t realise how lucky you are to be able to do your own work full time when at Uni. Future ambitions ... produce some world famous artists in my classroom! ... find enough time to carrry on with my own work ...

 

Louise Burston (Graduated 2004 – Artist and Curator)

In 2009 Louise Burston collaborated with artist and writer Gerry King to form a company 'Zero Lubin' in order to brand their artwork. Together they published a book Lubin Tales, and a range of twelve greetings cards combining Gerry's esoteric writing with Louise's graphics. Later this year they are exhibiting at Macclesfield Silk Museum (August - October). The exhibition is entitled 'I want to make memories with you' and showcases their collection of commemorative and souvenir handkerchiefs, embroidered with text inspired by historical events, social history and references to popular culture. Lubin Tales 2 is currently in production. Louise also lectures at Swansea University and runs 'The Redland Art Group', in Bristol. For more information see www.zerolubin.org.

 

Stephen Williams (Graduated 2004 – Art Technician)

Currently I am working as an Art and Design Technician at South Downs College providing technical help to teaching staff and students with their course and project work. I have also been developing my own art practice. During 2006 I have exhibited work at the Gosport Gallery Open Art Show, and at the Havant Arts Network’s Out of the Box exhibition. I also took part in the May Days Arts Trail, open studio event organised by Havant Arts Centre. Studying on the Fine Art Degree programme at Chichester University provided me with solid background knowledge of both the contemporary art world and the requirements of working in an educational setting. This has given me the confidence to follow my own creative direction and to develop a career in the art world.

 

Jo Tonner (Graduated 2003 – Arts Co-ordinator and Artist)

Fine Art at Chichester offered me a broad approach to the arts enabling me to develop skills in painting, 3D, drawing and media. The degree allowed me to express my ideas and to be flexible in using different materials, increased my creativity and ideas, and made me more passionate towards developing my own art work. This enabled me to further my education by doing an MA in Fine Art painting at Winchester School of Art. Here created very large paintings based on advertising and consumption at Winchester which was bore out of the contextual strand of the modular course at Chichester. The MA lead me straight into doing my PGCE at Brighton Uni teaching Art and Design to secondary pupils, which disciplined my ideas and art practice. Since then I realised my talents could be put to better use elsewhere, like the Cass Sculpture Foundation at Goodwood, where I am now the Foundation Co-ordinator,  which involves using many of the creative skills gained from my degree, and also a lot of the general organisational skills gained from teaching. Now, four years on, I feel part of the furniture at the Cass Sculpture Foundation. I spend time photoshopping areas along Exhibition Road, London with potential commissions for the 2012 Olympics to designing booklets for our Visitor Gallery exhibitions. I work closely with Goodwood, co-ordinating events such as Car Launches (recently: Audi, and coming soon: Porsche), Corporate Team Building (for companies such as Fat Face and Nikon) hosted in our Foundation Centre. A couple times a year I work a few days with designer Mervyn Kurlansky on new ideas for our corporate identity and future publications.

 

James Brown (Graduated 2003 – Graphic Designer)

After a couple of knee-knocking, gut-wrenching years wondering through life trying to work out just why I kept getting turned down for graduate jobs, estate agents, NASA scientist etc, I finally stumbled into a terrible temp job, where my manager slowly wore me down into accepting a full time role… ah! Then I contacted an old company I’d done a bit of work experience in the past – got a job, worked in London for a bit – loved it! Then the company started to crumble (not solely my fault!) and I started to panic a bit, until I got a call from the Marketing Director of that previous ghastly temp place. He’d seen some small designs I’d done there, liked it and wondered if I’d like to come back on a short 3 month contract to help him rolling out some new brand initiatives (with influences from my little designs). Nearly two years on, I’m a Graphic Designer, a permanent member of the Marketing team in a company with 28,000 staff and an annual turnover of £1.81 billion. When I joined the company they out sourced all design to external agencies, now I’m working on projects that we role out across Europe. These range wildly from brand management, the update of our corporate website and the creation of mini sites for eight separate countries, to corporate folders, flash presentations and developing characters for internal guides.

 

Jeni Johnson (Graduated 2003 – Artist)

I work out of a live/work studio in an established artist’s community in South East London. I am producing lots of work, which has been exhibited in Cyprus, Spain, and throughout the UK since leaving university in 2003. I recently made the big decision to be self-employed, allowing myself to concentrate on my painting as much as possible. I look back at my time at university as being my first steps along the path to becoming an artist. I knew that when I graduated I was far from ready to be a professional artist, but my degree had given me direction, and had opened the door to the possibility of a post-graduate course. Most importantly, over the course of my three years at Chichester, I had come to know for certain that I wanted to make a career out of my art. For more information, and to see images of my recent work, visit www.jenijohnson.com

 

Marie Smith (graduated 2003 – Artist and arts administrator)

At present I am working at Tate Gallery in London, I'm part of an collective called 4Walls, exhibiting work and I start my MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths in September 2011.

 

Wendy Middleditch (graduated in 2003 – Artist, Designer)

My degree show was chosen by aspex Gallery, Portsmouth, for an exhibition at their gallery. From this I started working as an artist-educator for aspex and The Childrens' University - Portsmouth.  I've been working for aspex since 2003, on a part-time basis, and I love my job! I work with school children from the Portsmouth and Gosport area. I also get to meet lots of other artists / educators / curators etc. I am  working on projects such as: START : The Princes Foundation for Children and the Arts. Enquire : Creative Evaluation Methods within a Gallery. I've also been designing for clothkits.co.uk, creating designs relating to my degree show work, which is influenced by Japanese origami patterns mixed with images such as break dancers. These designs are being sampled, and will be launched in Summer 2009. I have been lucky enough to get work experience at a Graphic Design Studio, creating illustrations for promo-brochures for West Stoke House . I'm currently working on some contemporary wedding invitations and setting up a design company to sell these on the internet. I still love painting!

 

Matthew (Roz) Hall (Graduated, Fine Art/Related Arts Joint, 2003 - Video Producer and Media specialist)

After graduating in 2003 I started up a digital video company, Compulsive Productions LTD, which worked mainly with community Arts groups across Hampshire and West Sussex, including work with Arts Council, Big Draw, UK Film Council and Creative Partnerships. I left Compulsive in 2009 to work at the University of Chichester as Media and ELearning Specialist to promote teaching with technology. I still produce digital films, working with local actors/writers on personal projects and producing music videos for D-list celebrities.

My video projects have won various national and international film awards including two UK Film Council First Light Best Movie Awards. Our short film Dark Me5h was voted into the final 10 Best Films in the Trigger Street International Film Festival in Hollywood. I continue painting, mostly using the iPad, and have had work exhibited in Texas for the SXSW Interactive Festival, and in San Francisco as part of the AutoDesk Sketchbook Exhibition. I am a member of iAMDA (International association of mobile digital artists) and live in Arundel, West Sussex. More information can be found at www.rozhall.com

 

Marylin Rathbone (Graduated 2002 – Artist)

When I left Chichester, I was selected to join the 62 Group (of Textile Artists) and each year my work has been selected for 62 Group Shows across the country. Locally, I regularly take part in Worthing Open Houses. Also, over the years, my work has been selected for other local, national and international Group and Joint Exhibitions. The most notable of these are: Art Textiles 2 – the second major survey of British artists working with textiles (a touring exhibition organised by Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery); and, in 2008, two international exhibitions, “Mirror for the 21st Century”, Beca Gallery, New Orleans; and the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize Exhibition, South Australian Museum, Adelaide. My first Solo Show was in the Otter Gallery, Chichester, in 2003. Prior to joining the 62 Group, I considered myself to be an artist who only sometimes uses textiles in her work. Defining myself as a textile artist concentrated my thoughts towards textile practice. Since joining, I have revisited two techniques that I have used from time to time in box making: inkle weaving (straps) and braid making (lid stays). Another collection is developing – one of narrow wares and, in 2009, I was invited to join the Braid Society (www.braidsociety.com). I don't champion a single theme or cause but rather offer the viewer a glimpse of my pre-occupations. There are, however, recurring elements that run through my work, for example: collections; a fascination with the ordinary; an experimental, obsessional, painstaking and subtle delivery; use of textile elements; craftsmanship; elements of humour; and use of boxes. My current project (having just completed four weeks of pre-training) is to chart my progress, over the next year, while I attempt to realise my dream, “My dream is to complete a hundred metres dash. With a lot of hard work, and if I braid as well as I can, in 2012 I hope to achieve that dream.”

 

John Miles (Graduated 2002 – Artist and Art Technician)

About 6 months after finishing my degree I found the perfect job in an art centre in Finsbury park, North London. The company I work for are called John Jones ArtSauce. I started out just as a shop floor assistant helping artists with their enquiries on art materials. I have been there over three years now and I am now a full Art technician, which means I go to artist studios and stretch canvases and give them advice on material and techniques etc. some of our clients are big names such as Hockney, Opie, Caulfield (before he died) and Tracy Emin. Because I still paint myself it has become the perfect job as I get discount on materials and surfaces and meet lots of interesting people. Plus everyone I work with is an artist, which makes for a great working community. If it hadn’t been for my time at University of Chichester I would not have had the knowledge or ability to go straight into this kind of job. I left my degree feeling excited and confident about my painting, and this was entirely due to the excellent guidance and attention I got from my tutors. Plus Chichester is such a beautiful town to study in. I do hope to go back one day. Here is a link to some of my paintings. www.mundaneart.blogspot.com

 

Jeff Bellingham (Graduated 2002 – Designer)

I work in heritage interpretation design. In April 2005 I joined the design department at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery (RAMM), in Exeter. The Museum is embarking upon a £20 million redevelopment project. Over the years I have been lucky enough to have designed work for many famous museums & art galleries including: Imperial War Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Royal Collection to name a few. In 2006 I designed 10 Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, an exhibition to celebrate the 80th Birthday of Her Majesty the Queen. The exhibition came from the Royal Collection, and working with Leonardo da Vinci drawings was great experience. I now spend my time by working partly at RAMM, and partly running Scribble and Nonsense with my wife. We are a heritage interpretation design and editorial consultancy with 14 museums and galleries on our books, and still growing! Finally, I have recently completed a MA in Design: Exhibitions and Museums, at Lincoln School of Architecture. Work I produced for my MA is being published by AVA books on Exhibition Design, and the work I did for St Nicholas Priory in Exeter contributed to the Priory being short-listed in the top 5 family-friendly museums in the country by The Guardian newspaper in 2010. For more info on my work please visit www.scribbleandnonsense.co.uk.

 

Zoe Capstick (Graduated 2001 – Picture Editor)

I'm not working as an artist but am currently working as picture editor on NME (New Musical Express).

 

Tamsin Xerxes (Graduated 2001 – trainee Barrister )

I always knew I wouldn’t be a professional artist, but when I graduated from University in 2001 I thought my options were limited. I started off working as the Exhibition and Events Co-ordinator for the Arundel Wetlands Centre. I had contacts there through previous part-time work. Within three years I established a commercial Wildlife Art Gallery with a programme of artists’ workshops, events and activities. I learnt everything from organisational structure to marketing and my duties included head hunting new artists to exhibit, doing live radio interviews, managing budgets and designing publicity material. From there I wanted to be an Arts Development Officer and spent 3 months on a voluntary work placement at West Sussex County Council’s Arts Service in Chichester. This was brilliant and really opened my eyes to what was out there in the arts world. As a result, worked for the different departments (Youth Music, Arts in Education, Youth Dance and Rural Arts) on a freelance basis, on and off for 3 years. I then did a part time certificate in Arts & Cultural Management, followed by some more freelance work as an Admin support for an organisation in Brighton. This led me to an organisation called Carnival Collective who I helped during the Brighton Festival before doing a work placement with them. I continued to work for WSCC as Arts Project Co-ordinator and worked for various small organisations as a facilitator, administrator, and arts development assistant – you name it! I was surprised at how many jobs were out there that were not ‘pigeon holed’. I moved into community working and spent two years as Festival Co-ordinator for The WIRE Project in Littlehampton. Here I worked mainly with young people and used the arts as a learning and developmental tool to raise the profile of an otherwise deprived area of Wick. This developed into teaching art at secondary level in the quest to find a career which combined my interests with financial security and good future prospects, from where I shifted sideways to work within the private sector, focusing more on marketing, business development and specialist project management. As my knowledge and skills base have broadened considerably over the years through experience, I have decided to move into Law, taking advantage of this current fiscal environment to study as a Criminal Lawyer. I strongly believe that my varied path has been a natural, inquisitive developmental progression to the point I now find myself at. The experiences of my past occupations have certainly inspired my future decision and whilst the practical element of the arts remains an important aspect of my personal interest, it is the intellectual, social and emotional learning associated with the arts which have become the most vital foundations.

 

Jess Loseby (Graduated 2000 – net artist, lecturer)

Since leaving college (BA, 2000, MA 2004) I have been working as a digital artist, specialising in interactive installations, mobile media and net.art. In the last 12 months I have had exhibitions in London, Spain, Canada, Brazil, the US and Scunthorpe! I am currently one of a group of artists co-authoring a book on Flash to be released next year. I also co-run an accessible website-design company and spend 1 day away turning current fine art students to the dark (digital) side.

 

David Beech (Graduated 2000 – Artist and Visiting Lecturer)

I have undertaken a few private and some commercial sculpture commissions and exhibited my work on the south coast and recently here in the north east. I moved to Newcastle after two years of graduating from my degree and subsequently have obtained a masters degree in sculpture. I am currently employed by the University of Sunderland as a visiting lecturer. It would be quite hard to try and sum up my time at Chichester in one sentence as it gave me far more than I could have expected. I think from the liberal ethos of the related arts subject and its interdisciplinary methods I attained a sense of fearlessness; or at least I'm never scared to try a new way ... also, the very focused and open-minded tutors helped me immensely. I couldn't say what has had a direct impact on where I am today, but I do know for a fact that I certainly wouldn't be here without it.

 

Rashida Khatun-Uddin (Graduated 2000 – Project Worker working with severely disadvantaged young people)

My work is far removed from the idealistic world of art. I'm a Project Worker with London East Connexions brokering activities for young people including arts based projects, and I serve as a committee member for a women’s refuge. I have had many short, but sweet careers previous to this (i.e. freelance artist, Administration Officer and Advocate for the Asian Deaf Women’s Association, teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages at a college in London, tutoring secondary school pupils within a South Asian community centre). I did my degree because I enjoyed the subject and had some rudimentary talent for it and it was an important goal post for me in many ways. I don’t think there’s anything I’d change, even in hindsight because I’d not be who I am today, otherwise. I still write and though I think my scribbles of weird creatures are unexceptional, I know of people who rummage through bins to retrieve them!

 

Janet Scott (Graduated 2000 – Artist)

Since graduating from the University of Chichester I have worked really hard to get my art out there so to speak. In the first 2 years I did many exhibitions here in the South East. Unfortunately, although I won a few prizes, I felt it was a huge amount of work for very little return. I stopped doing so many exhibitions and concentrated on more local venues. I have now worked to commission for several Companies and other private clients. It is not, by any means, plain sailing and I cannot say I earn a decent living but I love what I do and it is still very exciting and challenging.  A bonus is that these clients have now become close friends. I have just gained a studio space in my local Arts Centre, The Phoenix at Bordon, and am moving in there as I write so here's to the next stage!

 

Leon Cullinane (Graduated 1998 – Artist & curator)

I returned to full time education at Chichester University at the age of 27. Without a formal background but a keen interest in the arts Chichester showed a great deal of support in accepting me to their fine art course. Their policy of blending of the different artistic practices such as music, art, and performance allowed me a lot of freedom to experiment. It was to be instrumental in developing the event based works that I present today under the name C6. Recent works such as 'Stories in motion', a collaboration between myself, Irvine Welsh, Chuck Palahniuk and Phil Hartnoll of Orbital owe a lot to those early experiments. The broad range of arts taught at the university has enabled me to remain adaptable between conventional mediums, allowing me a wider view of artistic presentation. Chichester hosted the first art workshop I participated in and has opened up a European wide network of artists and collaborators that I still work with. I am currently touring interactive works around Europe and America. I have a three year curatorial position with the Nuart festival in Stavanger which culminates with the celebrations for the European capital of culture 2008. A directory of works can be viewed at www.c6.org

Olivia Stevens (graduated 1997 - Curator & Gallery Administrator)

Since graduating I have been involved in a number of curatorial projects across the South East, including the first group show I curated entitled Strange Fruit, which took place in and around the grounds of Chichester University. Studying at Chichester University afforded me the opportunity to engage with and explore many artistic mediums, and the graduate bursary I was awarded to help fund my initial research into staging Strange Fruit could be seen as the little fiscal acorn from which all of my current endeavours have sprang from. I worked as a Gallery Administrator for The Queen Street Gallery in Emsworth as well as writing freelance for an arts site called My Cultural Life prior to undertaking an MA in Gallery Management. I am currently working as a freelance project manager on behalf of WSCC, overseeing the funding and commissioning of two arts projects at Chichester Canal Basin. This is due for completion in 2009. I am also working as a research assistant on behalf of Outside In, an initiative being run out of Pallant House Gallery in Chichester aimed at providing exhibitory and participatory activities for 'outsider' and marginalised artists. I co-run the Athena Writers Group in Chichester and am a volunteer editor working on the launch issue of the iamjoy magazine in Chichester. I recently had an article published in the peer reviewed City E-journal at City University, London. I am working on a number of curatorial projects for 2009 and 2010 including a series of live art commissions as part of the 2009 iamjoy youth arts festival, and I am currently in discussion with The Otter Gallery, Chichester University in relation to a curatorial project with the working title 'Collections in Conversation.'

 

Dawn Badland (Graduated 1996 – Artist)

Now based in Tunbridge Wells, Dawn held her first solo exhibition ‘Pangaea’ at Sevenoaks Library Gallery in 2001. Since then she has gone on to produce ‘Track Changes’ an ambitious project based around her experience as an artist in residence at the Reserva Ecologica de Guapi Acu, a conserved area of rainforest in southeast Brazil. ‘Track Changes’ toured to Kent, Nottingham and The Otter Gallery, West Sussex. She recently worked at Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury, on a national scheme for artists and produced Hybrid an exhibition which include new prints based on research at Cambridge Zoological Museum. Dawn also works various public arts projects and is the Director of an arts organisation for rural communities. www.dawnbadland.com

 

Chris May (Graduated 1993 – Artist)

When I left Chichester I went on to do/complete a PGCE in Art (and Drama) at Exeter. Initially I worked full time as a painter, slowly building up a modest reputation in Chichester, thanks mainly to L'Artichaut Gallery.  I began to teach at a college in Gosport, part time - and continue to work there now – teaching about 14 hours a week - the remaining time spent painting (or trying to paint.) I continue to exhibit, and have been taken up by a number of galleries in the past years - more importantly Victor Felix gallery in London where I've showed in London (mostly art fairs like AAF and London Art fair) and earlier this year, showed successfully in San Francisco earlier this year, alongside artists such as John Kirby and Ray Richardson.  More shows lined up with the gallery in San Fran, London and (apparently) New York ...?  My next (one man) show is at West Stoke House (art space) from 10th December - 1st October 2006. It’s pretentiously entitled "Aristophenes' Cloud" (invites on the way!) and it is the first time I've dared to show any landscape type paintings/drawings - bit nervous really.

 

Jason Ellis (Graduated 1986 - Sculptor)

Way back in the 1980's I completed the BA (Hons) in Related Arts, which no longer exists. The course was very broad and exposed me to a massive amount of fine art, music, literature and dance. I specialised in sculpture and learned a lot from my tutors, Alan Saunders and Carol Naylor, that still resonates 23 years later. I went on to train in sculpture conservation in London for 8 years and then set up in private practise as a conservator in Dublin, Ireland, in 1994. I worked in the conservation profession for 20 years, whilst carving stone on the side, but finally became a full-time sculptor in 2006. Since then I have completed five public commissions in Ireland through open competition and invitation in the last four years and recently I represented Ireland at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale as part of the International Show with dePaor Architects. Website: www.jasonellis.ie