LORNA MCINTOSH RSA
John Kinross Scholar in 1997
How did the experience affect you as an individual?
Being awarded the scholarship was a confidence boost. Being abroad alone, hunting for a room in a flat etc, (with not much knowledge of the Italian language) was challenging at times but I think made me more confident also.
What was the impact on your practice?
The scholarship basically allowed my practice to continue. I had just finished my post-grad so the time in Florence delayed the point at which I would have to find full-time (non-art based) employment. Having that extra time to just concentrate on creating work was invaluable.
Being in Florence was of course a very enriching experience. I don’t think my work changed as a result but the subject matter in my sketchbooks, and memories of the experience, did feed into my work immediately afterwards.
What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and your work?
The scholarship helped me continue with my work post-art college, which is the time when it can be difficult to keep going. Support early on is so important if young artists are going to develop into slightly older artists…
My work has developed and changed a lot since my time in Florence but I do still sometimes refer to, or even just think about, the contents of my sketchbooks from
the scholarship. Everything will end up in the mix eventually, even unknowingly.
I have a real fondness for Florence as a result of my time there, even 23 years later. And I will always be grateful to the RSA for the opportunity.