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SHARON HARVEY

 

After 3 years of intense study it can be a daunting experience attempting to launch yourself as a practicing artist. You can feel deflated after the adrenaline and excitement of your degree show and uncertain of what the best next step is to take.

 

I was approached to enter the Graduate Art Prize 2016 at my London Show and after researching both ARTIQ and the competition, decided to take the plunge. 

 

I was delighted to be selected as it meant my work would be exhibited in a prestigious location in London and surprised as the shortlisted work was a 20-pane glass wall installation that was not the simplest thing to install! Unsure of what to expect I was extremely impressed by the professionalism of all of the staff I came in to contact with from both the Artist handlers to the Art technicians.

 

Although I didn’t win the competition, the exhibition provided a positive first experience of the commercial art world and provided a fantastic launchpad right at the beginning of my artistic career. I have subsequently gone on to work with ARTIQ as part of their stable of Artists. They have been nothing but supportive in providing advice and guidance.

 

There are plenty of organisations that approach you wanting to enter competitions usually with a hefty entrance fee, however The Graduate Art Prize is not one of them. It has been and continues to be a positive experience that has provided a platform for other opportunities and has supported me to continue to build and develop my practice.