Making it to the degree show is a special moment for an arts student. Guaranteed along the way we’ve felt like quitting, like our work isn’t good enough and have started projects over again more than once. There have been tears of frustration when things aren’t going to plan, but also tears of joy when a project that felt like the biggest struggle eventually was recognised as a great piece of work that received a good grade.
It may not have been easy to find your voice along the way. You may have experimented with so many artistic identities, but it doesn’t matter, because as an artist you’re always learning and the direction you take after graduation may change, be that by changing the medium you work with, or improving your current practice only to take it to a whole new level. You might be lucky enough to start your dream role for a company you love, or even decide to take a few years out. But one thing you’ll find is the creative inside you cannot be silenced for too long. The pull back to your creative side will be too strong, and taking notice and acting on it will be the best thing you’ve ever done.
Congratulations to all graduates of 2019 arts degrees!