BA (Hons) Fine Art student Benjamin Campbell tell us why he chose to study at Leeds Arts University...
Why did you choose Leeds Arts University?
I choose Leeds Arts University for a few reasons. A previous teacher who I held in high regard spoke of this establishment positively. But the main reason was I wanted to be a part of the few remaining art schools in the country, where I could further my knowledge in many different disciplines.
What made you select Fine Art?
I chose Fine Art because I love to physically make things. As a student who always struggled sitting still in class, Art was one subject that I became engrossed in. I love to explore things that interest me and that inspires me into creating Fine Art.
What do you really enjoy about your course and the University?
One aspect to university life that I have loved is the maturity in which you have to go about things. It is down to you what you want to make: there are no boundaries and experts there to guide you and teach you during the processes. I love the workshops also because you learn about new techniques and skills that will only benefit you in the future.
What are the studios and facilities like at the University?
The workshops are brilliant. The tutors are practicing artists so everything they talk to you about is something that they have dealt with within their professional practice. Within Fine Art you get your own studio space so that you can work and set your space up as you see fit.
What are you currently working on - what area do you specialise in?
I have specialised in Sculpture within Fine Art. I like how we split into strands. I was hesitant at first however as time has gone on I have seen that you aren’t limited by strand selection. All it does is give you directed and specialised teaching within that area but it doesn’t stop you from exploring any medium in which you want to.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
For my artwork I draw my inspiration from so many different places. One thing that has taught me about my teaching in Leeds is that you have to find inspiration in many different areas. To creatively explore subjects, you need to have the background enthusiasm that is key. For my art I draw inspiration from many different aspects of life such as books, films, history and human psychology. The list goes on!
What do you plan to do after University?
After my course I would look to work abroad for a year before embarking on a Masters. I would like to be an artist assistant for a year or even do an apprentice with a fashion photographer.
Tell us what you like about Leeds?
There are many things that I like about Leeds but perhaps the most important thing that I like is how there are so many things going on! It is a lively creative hub of a city and I am thrilled to be a part of it and would recommend it to anyone who wants to be in a city that will only increase their creative enthusiasm.