John Kinross Scholar in 1989
How did the experience affect you as an individual?
The Scholarship offered me an incredible opportunity. I was able to travel to Italy for the first time and spend the only extended period of in-depth focussed study I have undertaken. I spent the majority of the 3 months in Florence but travelled extensively to take in many other important towns and cities making work and discovering Italy’s rich offerings across art and architecture, historical and contemporary. Having the freedom to make work in-situ for that extended time was an invaluable experience and the artwork I encountered made a great impression upon me.
I travelled with other artists which allowed us to share different aspects of Italy’s culture and we met people from across the world along the way, some of whom have become lifelong friends.
What was the impact on your practice?
The scholarship gave me the chance to test new ways of working, on the move and in all kinds of situations. I was able to study and understand key art historical movements and individual pieces of work which I searched out and this in turn offered greater scope to my work, both in terms of method, material and subject matter.
What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and you work?
I travelled to Italy in 1989 but the experience is still very important to me. Over recent years I have been able to return to Italy and visit other areas adding to my knowledge of the country and its artistic heritage. The scholarship undoubtedly formed a strong foundation upon which I have been able to build during my career as an artist. To this day aspects of the experience resonate within my work and I am extremely grateful to have had this opportunity.