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News: Richard tells us why he chose Col­lege to study his degree

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Richard Hyde
Richard Hyde

Richard Hyde, 56, ran a successful creative business, but it wasn’t his lifetime ambition - that was to become a full-time artist.

So, in order to push his cre­ativ­i­ty fur­ther, he took the deci­sion to quit and retrain at Not­ting­ham Col­lege, where he’s now study­ing the BA (Hons) Art and Design Top-up Degree. 

We chat­ted to him about his expe­ri­ences at Col­lege and his future goals:

Why choose Nottingham College?

It was an easy deci­sion. Not­ting­ham is one of the lead­ing cre­ative hubs in the UK and the Col­lege sits right in the cen­tre of it. The Col­lege offered an Access to Art and Design course which I took ini­tial­ly as I had no pre­vi­ous fine art expe­ri­ence. Being in amongst so many oth­er cre­atives in the city is a real bonus.”

How do you feel you've benefitted from studying at College rather than university?

The course is very good val­ue and we have small class­es and con­tin­u­ous one to one sup­port. Noth­ing is too much for the tutors. We also have our own large spa­cious stu­dio for our ded­i­cat­ed use. All these fac­tors have made return­ing to col­lege far eas­i­er, giv­en the chal­lenges we have faced this year.”

What do you love about the degree course?

There is a gen­uine friend­li­ness on the course and in the Col­lege as a whole. We are in a very sup­port­ive envi­ron­ment and the tutors con­tin­u­al­ly inspire us and help us on our cre­ative jour­neys, no mat­ter where we are or where we have come from.”

Richard Hyde

What opportunities have you been given at College?

We have been very lucky to have exhib­it­ed at the Djano­gly Gallery and at the Nation­al Jus­tice Muse­um, both in Not­ting­ham. The expe­ri­ence of set­ting up, curat­ing and mar­ket­ing these events has been invalu­able. As well as this, we’ve had count­less talks from vis­it­ing artists giv­ing their spin on how to sur­vive in the art world. I per­son­al­ly feel very well informed about the world I will be step­ping into.”

Has the course helped prepare you for the industry?

Per­son­al­ly I came from indus­try and I’ve left that part of my life behind to focus on fine art exhi­bi­tions, con­sul­tan­cy and some com­mer­cial work. How­ev­er, the talks from expe­ri­enced artists and cura­tors have added a sol­id under­stand­ing of how to pre­pare for a career in art. The final year that I’ve just entered has a real focus on con­sol­i­dat­ing our prac­tice, our port­fo­lio, our busi­ness acu­men and social media pres­ence — all very use­ful life skills.”

What's next?

My dream would be to forge a career under­tak­ing some com­mer­cial work but also gain a rep­u­ta­tion as an exhibit­ing artist. Dur­ing lock­down I’ve sub­mit­ted work for a num­ber of open calls and exhi­bi­tions, with some suc­cess both local­ly and nationally.”

One final piece of advice to other budding artists out there?

I would encour­age all ear­ly career artists to keep on sub­mit­ting work and not to be down­heart­ed with the inevitable lack of ini­tial suc­cess. Per­sis­tence real­ly does pay off.”

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  • 1st October 2020 (2:24 PM)
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