Monday, 15 January 2018

University Alliance: Christmas Design Competition

Congratulations to Georgie Underwood - winner of the christmas card design competition organised by the University Alliance.
See link for details.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Aggie Davies 2016 Alumni

Since leaving University I moved to Berlin to do an artist residency for 3 months - it was amazing! I had really missed having studio space and time to do nothing else but create! I ended up meeting many friends through responding to open calls for art exhibitions over the city,and my unusual work about witchcraft and magic put me in contact with some amazing artists of all kinds, which led to collaborations and pushed me to explore things outside my comfort zone as an illustrator.  One highlight was preforming in the Berlin feminist film festival, on a collaborative performance art piece with 3 other artist friends called "The Witch Within", inspired by rituals and the films "The Love Witch"

I ended up staying in Berlin an extra 3 months, and spent some of the time curating a participatory art project based around the supressed women's voice. We took over a gallery space for a week and invited women to come and share their stories with us and hosted workshops with the aim of empowering women. It went really well and I managed to even make some cash from selling lots of work so it was a sucess!!! Using art mediums to aid and encourage women to open up and express themselves made me think again of taking a new direction and investigating art therapy.

Since then I have been working as an activities support worker for a day centre with adults with brain injury, I first started as a volunteer but they then offered me a job.I absolutely love it and every Monday we dedicate the day to art based activities which is enjoyed by everyone! It is very rewarding and made me think more about the idea of being an art therapist, something I have always thought about and now I think I am ready to apply for an MA course. I also volunteer with an art therapist in a hospice which is challenging but great experience!