Against all odds: MA Painting student finishes course
"If you had asked me when I started in 2019, I never would have been able to predict what kind of experience I was going to have at the RCA. Whatever timeline I had set out for myself, whatever direction I thought my practice was going to go in...
I was wrong.
I didn't think I would transfer my RCA studio to a paddling pool in my garden. I didn't think I would complete my dissertation without access to a library. I didn't think I would ever make it to second year.
But I did do all of those things.
When I returned, it was to a place that was simultaneously familiar and entirely alien. Everything I thought I knew about myself and my practice was different. It was a bigger challenge than it ever felt before, one that could have defeated me if it were not for the unfaltering support and encouragement of my studio-mates and tutors.
I am older, wiser(?), and despite it all I am still painting!
It feels so odd to finally be at the end... Or is it the beginning?"
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Heather Green (B.1993, Middlesbrough) currently lives and works in London.
She studied her BA in Painting at UAL Wimbledon College of Arts (2013-2016) where she was awarded the Landmark PLC painting prize 2016 and was shortlisted for the Clyde & Co. Art Awards 2016. She was recently shortlisted for the Fribourg Philanthropies prize 2023.