Why did you choose Leeds Arts University?
There were three reasons. I was approached by the head of education in Kurdistan to help set up an art department at the university of Ranya for which I needed a full MA certificate.
Leeds Arts University was able to match my course qualifications with my first year postgraduate diploma, which I undertook at West Dean University.
I was really impressed with the workshop facilities as well as by the tutoring technicians at hand who work in them.
What made you select the MA Creative Practice?
Creative Practice as a course makes sense for me as an artist as it is in many ways structured in a way in which I tend to work around my studio in any case.
What did you really enjoy about the MA and the University?
I enjoyed the course, visiting lecturers and the dynamics of discussions surrounding art with fellow artists.
What are the studios and facilities like at the University?
The Creative Practice course leaders support and facilitate self-directing students extremely well.
Great facilities with a rarity of truly remarkable technicians who are incredibly skilled and knowledgably in their field of expertise with excellent one to one communication regarding problem solving and discussion with students. The precision making machinery, the high quality of work that can be achieved from these machines and the open creatively minded people who run the workshops is what makes Leeds Arts University a place of interest real for me.
Where do you draw your inspiration?
Global and social context, the earth and being alive tends to have something to do with my interest in personifying what is happening around me into forms of making I guess.
What are your plans for the future?
I am interested in doing some lecturing work for which I am considering doing a PHD as well as continuing to exhibit. I am fascinated by the idea of making large sculptures in extreme landscapes since working in the jungle of Las Pozas in Mexico where I made some large sculpture installations. I hope to spend time in the desert around LA during 2015 in order to test ground some larger works out there.
Tell us what you like about Leeds?
I like Leeds, I like the people here. Good music scene!