John Kinross Scholar in 2017
How did the experience affect you as an individual?
The opportunity to submerge myself in an intense, cultural experience, with a single focus on the developed brief and enthralling study is a unique adventure, seldom afforded to young graduates in such circumstance. This scholarship has allowed a period of discovery, wandering, wondering, and creative bricolage in a contrasting context to Glasgow, the backdrop of my academic study and learning. I assimilated a lot of knowledge and felt personally inspired by this opportunity. On reflection I consider this to have been formative to my development, which will undoubtedly have long lasting influence on my career. During my time in Tuscany I was aware of a convergence of interests and if anything, this has continued to have a ripple effect. I am aware that I constantly reference this stage of my learning and personal development. It made such a profound impression.
What was the impact on your practice?
My articulation of impressions and reflections during this period was a useful way of embedding deep-seated knowledge and formulating an aesthetic viewpoint. The objective was to contribute to a personal discourse and reflection on the importance of heritage and the relationship of ‘old and new’ in the contemporary city. This scholarship offered time, place, and space, to organically test ideas whilst beginning to document observations, thoughts, and writings with increasing confidence through developing a creative voice and position.
What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and you work?
The luxury of time spent in an immersive, stimulating environment, following prolonged focused study, has enabled me to strengthen my position and thinking. My reading became broader, thinking deeper, observations sharper, and wider conversations developed with regards to art and architecture in the city. I continue to work across media to document and theoretically focus on the convergence of artistic media, heritage and architecture. Context remains a crucial and vital starting point in everything I do, and this was highly established by the Kinross Scholarship, for which I am deeply grateful.