We spoke to BA (Hons) Fine Art student, Lucy Davis, on studying at Leeds Arts University, why she loves Leeds and her plans for after university…

Why did you choose Leeds Arts University?

I’m a Northern girl and I wanted to move from home to gain independence without moving too far from the region that I love so much. I enjoy city life as well as having access to the countryside - Leeds offered all this and more to me. Compared to other institutions, Leeds Arts University had the most welcoming and encompassing atmosphere and I knew after my interview it was the place best suited for me and my needs to grow as an artist!

What made you select BA (Hons) Fine Art?

Discussions with family members and tutors about previous art work made me see that Fine art would give me the freedom to carry on creating the artwork that I enjoy so much. The ways in which work can be produced are endless which is so exciting especially within a specialised art institution.

What do you really enjoy about your course and the University?

The encouragement to attend the lecture program, led by Dr Brenda Hollweg. It introduced me to concepts and theories of art and culture and provided me with a critical vocabulary which allows me to analyse and discuss my own (and other people’s) art works more critically.

Without the workshops and the guidance of tutors/technicians I wouldn’t have work to discuss with others. The 3D workshops are my favourite part of the University with many materials available to investigate and develop. My skill set and knowledge of tools and processes has broadened since studying here!

What do you plan to do after university?

I’m looking to build up my CV by volunteering for relevant companies and galleries during this time I will move home so I can save up money. Then with the money saved up I want to go travelling before finding a job where I can work as part of a creative team and work towards deadlines and commissions.

What makes Leeds a good place to study?

Leeds is the go-to place for all kinds of culture, entertainment, social activities. It’s a bustling hub and there’s always events on or gallery openings. It’s an easy city to get around and be a part of. You’ve just got to keep your finger on the pulse otherwise if you miss a beat then you might have missed out on seeing something great.