I received the Anne Reid Memorial Trust in 2009, and was extremely fortunate that the board offered two full awards that year, allowing both me and another recipient each received the full support of the scholarship.
The award supported me while I completed my Masters at the Edinburgh College of Art, graduating with distinction from the Art, Space, Nature programme.
Being based in the UK allowed me to see a large number of high profile exhibitions in Edinburgh, Glasgow and London. I also had opportunities to make several visits to Berlin, Barcelona and Paris. I also made some great friendships with people working and studying across in Scotland.
Since receiving the scholarship I have received a Wild Creations residency in Fox Glacier, supported by Creative New Zealand and the Department of Conservation. I worked intensively for a period of six weeks and completed a series of drawing video works, which culminated in a small publication.
In April this year I was offered a permanent full-time academic position at RMIT University in Melbourne. I teach first and final year students in the Interior Design programme, as well as help co-ordinate INDEX, the graduate exhibition and event.
This academic role continues alongside my own creative practice, which continues to develop through public exhibition and further study. I am working towards a PhD by creative practice with the working title “Atmospheric–making” at RMIT University.
From next year I will be studio holder at Schoolhouse Studios in Melbourne.