Graduates 2023: Lindsay Connors: MA Fine Art

I used to think that an MA was out of my reach, but on the contrary, has been accessible and achievable for me doing it part time.

Please tell us a bit about your work and your influences

Taking influence from the painted ceilings in Renaissance domes, where clouds act as a half-way point between Heaven and Earth, my work explores a contemporary struggle to be both rationally efficient and spiritually free, offering wilful daydreaming as a tantalizing escape from patriarchal conformity.

I work across a range of media, including drawing, printmaking, digital and analogue collage, sculpture and film, often combining materials, methods and found objects to create mixed media pieces, assemblages and lo-fi inventions such as periscopes and camera obscura.

I am interested in the dialogue between objects, images, media and materials, and how through moments of interruption and interjection, potential meaning can slip.


Can you tell us a bit about your journey to you course and made you choose it?

The MA course has been a fantastic opportunity to grow my practice. The dialogue, support and critical input from tutors and fellow students has been invaluable and has really been instrumental in the development of a different direction on my work.


What were the highlights of the course for you?

The Mentor Module was particularly helpful, in terms of having time to focus intensely on my practice and to really unpick what I was making and why. I have also found the opportunities to exhibit in the Edward Street Gallery as well as to use the space as a residency to test out ideas was really helpful.


Was the location of your course in Brighton important?

The location was really important. I am based in Hastings so proximity was a deciding factor. It made the commute affordable and enabled me to attend more sessions including being able to use the printmaking workshop.


What are your plans after graduation? What’s next for you?

I already teach in Further Education and am looking for opportunities to teach in Higher Education. I plan to find more opportunities to exhibit locally, and I am also hoping to apply for a PhD at Brighton next year.


What advice would you give to someone considering doing postgraduate study?

Go for it! I used to think that an MA was out of my reach, but on the contrary, has been accessible and achievable for me doing it part time. Try to arrange your working life so you have at least 2 days off in the week so you can make the most of the opportunities.


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