Ade Adesina RSA_The View After The Questions, 2018, linocut, 109.2 × 167.6cm

John Kinross Scholar in 2012


How did the experience affect you as an individual?
Being awarded the John Kinross Scholarship to Florence immediately after graduating art school was a great thing to look forward to. It was a great experience meeting most of the people on the scholarship that were in Italy at the same time I was. Having this opportunity gave me a chance to continue learning, as I was able to visit a lot of galleries and historical places. It was also an opportunity to experience a different culture and way of life.


What was the impact on your practice?
I was able to visit some remote villages and towns, which were away from the busy cities full of tourists. I was inspired by the rural landscapes with olive trees and vineyards. The Italian landscape has inspired my work since then and up until now. I had bought a professional camera to
take with my during the scholarship and that really helped me to document
my time and to capture moments of inspiration. I still refer back to the
images that I collected during my travels through Italy.

Ade Adesina RSA, Definition, 2013, etching on paper, RSA Collection


What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and you work?
This was the first time that I was able to spend more that a week or two in another country. Having the opportunity to visit a lot of museums and galleries throughout Italy provided great inspiration and has been a big influence on my practice. Being awarded the scholarship at the end of my time at university gave me some much-needed confidence and a sense of direction, which was very helpful at the start of my career.