Some time ago, (it feels like ages), I wrote and sent off my application to participate in the AA2A scheme at Teesside University. I wrote my application to be considered for both a MIMA affiliated place (AA2A plus) and a standard Teesside uni one. There are only four places available, two of which are the MIMA supported ones.
With great trepidation and really awful nerves, I made a terrible presentation at MIMA on Thursday Ist October. The panel were really interesting people, I liked them but I was shaking so much I couldn't think straight.
All of us were told prior to our presentations that the caliber of entrants this year had been exceptionally high, so as the week passed and I had not heard anything, I assumed that I had not been successful. I was disappointed, but not surprised because I knew I had not done myself justice; nerves always get the better of me in these situations. At the same time, I was clinging to the fact that my application had been of a high caliber!
Today, Saturday 10th October, I had a letter from Teeside University:
There was a great deal of interest in the AA2A placement scheme at Teesside University. This letter confirms the success of your application for AA2A standard scheme at Teesside University. Unfortunately on this occasion you were not successful for the AA2A plus scheme. . . . . "
I was a bit disappointed at first, after all the stress; I had really wanted the opportunity to work with MIMA, but now that I have had time to think about it I am really pleased to have been offered this amazing opportunity, and very grateful. After all, there were only four places available and I have won one of them!
I am looking forward to having the opportunity to develop some of my ideas into three dimensions, both in painting, print and book form. I think it will be a very fulfilling time and I am very much looking forward to using the library and attending lectures too. I read in the additional information that I will also have access to the arts materials shop, so I'll be able to buy some reasonably priced paper and other materials, always very welcome.
Part of my work at Teesside will involve keeping a blog and as soon as I have details, I will post a link so that anyone interested in keeping up with what I am doing will be able to do so. I am also very much looking forward to talking with students and hosting a studio visit, where they can see where I work and ask me questions. I am not so much looking forward to giving presentations, but I'll grit my teeth and get over it! Who knows, I might improve my technique and get to like the process. . .
Exciting times in terms of my development as an artist!
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