John Kinross Scholar in 2002
At the time of the Scholarship:
How did the experience affect you as an individual?
The John Kinross Scholarship affected myself and work in many aspects from the huge belief that it gave me that I was heading in the right direction. Whilst being accepted to the Royal College of Art in London to study my Master of Fine Art, Raheela
being awarded the scholarship to Florence was an extremely momentous experience. The experience has always been with me throughout my career as an Artist. And I believe the belief that comes from being awarded such a scholarship is then passed on to you as an individual to carry you forward. This I am most grateful for.
What was the impact on your practice?
The impact on my practice is the continual desire for finding in amongst the journey of making – physical and historical. This impact then and now has been steadily growing since the John Kinross scholarship, having returned to London to begin my Masters at the Royal College of Art, the impact of the work, museum trips and experience during the scholarship gave me a beneficial starting position as I was hungry to understand, assess and develop what I had just been working on in Florence, bologna and Venice. This impact was hugely significant and has allowed me to go on to be a participant of many other residencies and scholarships within my career most recently in Salzburg, Austria at the International Summer Academy. Looking back, I do believe that the journey which I still continue to utilise started with the magnificence of Florence and what the scholarship enabled.
What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and you work?
The long term impact on myself and work is my ongoing desire for the physical environment of place, this has become over the years concrete inspiration. The subjective experience of being in a new place. This is reflected and resonates in my process of making through the perception of the place. My work revolves around a sense of history, of the spaces that inspire and the history of the journey making the work none of which would be possible without this first introduction to working as a professional artist on the John Kinross Scholarship.
Red Handle, screenprint collaged with acetate, soft pastel and fluourescent spray paint