We spoke to BA (Hons) Fine Art student, Maisie Campion, on why she chose to study at Leeds Arts University...
Why did you choose Leeds Arts University?
Living just outside of London I wanted to explore somewhere new but still with an energetic and cultural vibe. After attending the Open Day for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, I was completely overwhelmed with the institution, the facilities, the alumni and the city. I knew after completing that year that I couldn't part with Leeds so soon and wanted to continue my studying at Leeds Arts University on the BA (Hons) Fine Art.
What made you select BA (Hons) Fine Art?
As an artist, I work with a range of materials with varying context. There really are no constraints, which encourages you to create work because there is nothing holding you back. The possibilities are endless and it’s fun to just let go! If you have an idea, you just run with it and see what happens. I think that is my favourite thing about fine art; have an idea, do it, if it doesn’t work, change it, if it does work, make it better. Contemporary art is changing so frequently and rapidly that before you know it you’re right there in the middle of it, you start to see elements of your practice popping up in new works and it makes you connect and stay up to date with what’s going on.
What do you enjoy about your course and the University?
I feel that the programme supports and encourages you to develop your practice and position yourself within the art world. You are learning different skills both literary and artistically, allowing you to broaden your skills and provide you with knowledge that will help you for when you leave education. The University is constantly offering new opportunities in and outside of the city, to encourage you to get yourself out there and learn to network. The range of courses at Leeds Arts University also makes it perfect for collaborating across disciplines, which can really broaden your skills and knowledge.
What are the studios and facilities like?
It’s everything that you will ever need to make great art! The staff on the course and technicians in the workshops are always on hand if you need them and are also available for one-to-one advice and tutorials. The studios are very flexible, if you are needing more space then all it takes is some discussion in your studio and you'll find there's more space available than you first thought. Not only are the facilities top quality, but they are also really cost effective! It’s important for students that they can do what they need without breaking the bank and it always surprises me how cheap it all is!
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
I like to play with humour a lot and experiment with things that people might feel guilty about or find amusing or I try and make an awkward situation. I try and make people laugh because people feel like they aren’t allowed to laugh at art. I like to encourage those who feel they don't understand contemporary art and create something that might appeal to them. I enjoy ‘taking the mick out of’ art to comfort those who feel uncultured and struggle to relate to contemporary art. I want people to laugh and smile at my work, life is too serious and gloomy these days so I decided that I'm going to have a laugh!
What do you plan to do after University?
I am looking to get an artist in residence or perhaps work alongside a practicing artist to gain knowledge and develop my networking, whilst also continuing and progress my own practice at home. I hope to be able to support myself by creating and exhibiting my work and jumping at every opportunity.
Tell us what you like about Leeds?
What I like is that there is nothing to dislike! It’s an amazing city with so much going on constantly, you won’t even know about half of it! I’ve not met anyone yet who has said they don't like it here!