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Ruaidhri Ryan: Image: Jerwood Charitable Foundation

Alumni Ruaidhri Ryan reports back on his activities since the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries Scheme

11 October 2016

Ruaidhri Ryan updates us on what he has been doing since leaving his role as Assistant Online Content Producer (Digital / Visual Arts) at Picture This as part of the DCMS Jerwood Creative Bursaries scheme in 2011.

As my time at Picture This came to a close, I was offered an AHRC scholarship to study an MFA at the Slade School of Fine Art, a result thanks to the critical portfolio feedback I received from colleagues at Picture This and Spike Island. I completed the MFA in Fine Art Media with a distinction and the works I had produced for my degree show have been exhibited internationally at film festivals and galleries, occasionally collecting an award.

I continue to work rigorously on my art practice at a studio in Peckham, where I have been working for over a year. I’m currently applying to artists’ film and video production schemes such as FLAMIN and Jerwood/FVU Awards as personal projects grow in their ambition and scope. These projects are also greatly informed by the type of employment I seek:working on the sets of commercials, music videos, documentaries and artists’ films in an array of roles – all of which were informed and developed initially by my time at Picture This – runner, production assistant, art department, videographer, first assistant director and more recently producer and director. A few of these commercial jobs have taken me to exotic locations with a wonderful crew who teach me about equipment and methods of production, other jobs have introduced me to other artists and curators, so there is a great cross pollination between the two career paths, and while one enables me to continue to live and work in London, the other enables me to pursue a career as an artist.