We caught up with Georgia about her time at University, her work and hopes for the future, four years after graduating from BA (Hons) Fine Art
Georgia Lucas Going is a Video and Performance Artist, creating snappy and visually impacting work that finds inspiration in her friends and family, her home-town of Luton and notions of social class and culture. She studied BA (Hons) Fine Art and returned to the University as a Fellow (now called Creative in Residence) from 2013-2014.
Since graduating in 2010 Georgia has worked with Basement Jaxx and as an Artists Assistant for fellow alumni Damien Hirst and Paul Fryer. Georgia started her working life doing work placements at Vidal Sassoon (Runner on shoot) and at ESCADA in Munich. As well as making her own work, she is also one of the Creative Directors of DUPE, a publishing zine and blog, as well as curating and teaching. In 2015 Georgia studied for an MFA Fine Art at Slade School of Fine Art and was chosen for this bursary by artist — Matthew Stone.
What did you enjoy about your time at Leeds Arts University?
Studying in an institution just dedicated for the arts, I wanted to be immersed in creativity. The chances to collaborate and to be taught by tutors that are artists themselves. Priceless.
After leaving University, what was your first year like? Can you tell us about some of the highs and lows?
Keeping it real, the first 6 months were awful. It was nice to go home and get fed, watered etc. I had to sign on as nowhere in my hometown would hire me, so I had to look elsewhere. Eventually I got lucky but I wasn’t prepared at all for what life would be like after university. Be prepared to go through a mixture of emotions and jobs, but just keep going. Highs included getting my first artist job and winning Art Idol 2010.
What kind of work have you been involved in since leaving University?
Artist assistant work, PA work for the Creative world. Event Management, Studio Management, Project Management. Curating. Guest lecturer. Tutoring. And being an artist.
The questions everyone wants to ask is, how did you land your job working for Damien Hirst, and what was it like?
It was on the Guardian arts jobs website. I sent my CV/cover letter and portfolio. Then crossed everything I could in my body. As annoying as it sounds I got lucky.
Working there and being surrounded by 50 other young talented artists was incredibly inspiring. I met people and went to places I would of never of had the opportunity to talk to or visit in my day-to-day life. I worked very hard to work my way up from studio assistant to working on bigger projects in the UK & abroad. Sadly I can’t go into all the juicy details.
Can you give students today some advice on what they should do before leaving University to give themselves the best start?
Social Media. Get on Instagram/vimeo/facebook/tumblr/pinintesrest NOW and support each other. Like each other’s pages and pictures of work. Go to private views, take pictures, offer to make a little film etc. Your peers can help make you. Apply for internships now, in half term, in the summer (sleep on friends sofas if needs be) struggle as much as you can now. My last intern was actually a student in her first year studying illustration at Leeds Arts University, so now she already has ‘internship for artist’ on her CV, little things like this will help.
Can you tell us a bit more about your own work, and the inspiration for it?
My artwork varies in medium, photography, sculpture, video, drawings, and sound. But at the moment I like to create media installations with performance art and I flit between low/hi res outcomes.
My work is often connected by humour and not on purpose. Whenever I try to be serious it tends to come out comedic, so now I just go along with it.
It often relates to class, memories, real life events humour and urban slang. Fuelled by trash TV, lifestyle/gossip magazines and my hometown (Luton).
Can you tell us more about DUPE and how it came about?
We all met working at the Hirst studio together. DUPE is a collective of four artists curating, directing and publishing a zine and blog.There is Anne–Laure Gee-Franchette Parisian born and now Zurich based Artist and Curator. Athene Greig, a Scottish born, London based Painter, Phillippa Bloomfield, video artist/drummer and myself.
The beauty of the collective and being friends is that we all have our strengths and we know them now. So whether its social media, accounts, interviews, video editing, networking etc we naturally just fall into what we’re good at doing. But we’re all the joint baby mummas of DUPE.
What are you working on at the moment?
I have just finished curating and appearing an exhibition in Wakefiled with another Fine Art fellow Calum Paterson called LTN HROGUT. Work wise I am working on a series of performance videos and would love to do another workshop in the media department with a dancehall queen. In May we have the DUPE launch party in London for the DARK issue so keep your eyes peeled. You’re all invited.
What are your future ambitions for your own work and for Dupe?
I would love to continue lecturing and giving workshops across the country and I’d love to do a residency abroad. To complete an MA in Fine Art, curate more shows and exhibit. I also would love to do some more presenting; I did a few episodes for DUPE TV and would love to present an art/culture channel. I also eventually want DUPE to become a magazine like Dazed & Confused/Art Review. We have sold copies in the TATE MODERN / ICA, bookstores across the UK and abroad but are looking for funding and sponsorship. For our last issue we had launches in Paris and London, the opportunity to do that again would be incredible!