As many of you may know, I’ve been enrolled in the Drawing & Sculpture Program at The Florence Academy of Art since the start of 2019.
It has been an amazing and life changing time to be able to dedicate myself full time to studying. I arrived having worked tirelessly to save as much money as possible and envisaged I would be able to stay for maybe half of the 3 year course.
With some dedication and hard work however, I was able to gain a scholarship from the school working as studio assistant (washing the floors down every morning pre-classes and photographing students at work), as well as being moved forward a term, which has enabled me to stay longer and I have now been able to win a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship which will pay for my final term tuition fees. The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) funds the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through traditional college courses, apprenticeships or one-to-one training. QEST was established to support craftspeople of all ages, from all backgrounds and at a critical stage in their careers and thus sustain traditional British craftsmanship. QEST was established in 1990 to celebrate the 90th birthday or Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother.
Unfortunately my savings i worked so hard to build up before coming have finally been squeezed dry and I won’t have the money to complete the final term and so am reaching out.
Our final term will be the most daunting of all in sculpture creating a life-size full figure in clay over 10 weeks, and will be the most costly in materials for the armature, clay and moulding material.
I have come further than I ever imagined and feel thankful and privileged to have even come this far, but it would be amazing to be able to complete the final trimester if in any way possible.
Our schedule is 7 days a week 9am-7pm, and with the added lockdowns, it has been difficult to find consistent paid work outside school, although I have been able to run the social media accounts for the Society Of Portrait Sculptors, which although only pays a minimal amount to just about cover some lunches has helped eek out a little more from my finances.
The Florence Academy Of Art is one of the foremost schools for studying the traditional principles of figurative art and since beginning the Drawing & Sculpture program in 2019 I have taken as much opportunity as the School and Florence has to offer, enrolling in Anatomy classes, the Ecorché course, Weekend Painting for Sculpture Student Classes as well as Marble Carving at Studio Della Statua in Florence.
If there was any way you may be able to help in some way to be able to complete this final Trimester, it would be greatly appreciated.
There are some images of my work in the gallery here (if you click through the image at the top of the page) or you can view my work at my website:
Thank you for your time and keep safe and well.
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