Alumni

The career paths of our alumni are many and varied, as shown in these examples.

Please feel free to contact us via leart@uhi.ac.uk if you would like to discuss having your alumni story added here.

Morag MacDonald

Morag MacDonald

After completing an NC in Art & Design at Taigh Chearsabhagh I was offered a place at Edinburgh College of Art where I went on to gain a 2.1 BA (hons) in Drawing and Painting.

Studying at Taigh Chearsabhagh gave me a grounding in a variety of disciplines and a strong portfolio which was key to being offered a place at art school.

After graduating I did an internship with Edinburgh Printmakers before working as an Apprentice Visual Artist with the Fruitmarket Gallery on their education project called Air Iomlaid.

From there I worked as a freelancer, designing and delivering educational art projects to a number of galleries, museums and local authorities across Scotland. Since 2014 I have been working as a Creative Learning Officer in Creative Scotland.

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Laura Donkers

Laura Donkers

I am an environmental artist, horticulturalist and researcher.

In 2011, I set up earth I environmental art Hebrides – a contemporary arts practice that undertakes range of environmental and fine art projects.

Educated at Lews Castle College UHI, Taigh Chearsabhagh campus, I took the NC Art & Design course (1999) and HNC (2001) and completed the BA Fine Art (2011).

In 2014 I completed MFA Art, Society, Publics at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee and where I am currently undertaking a practice-led PhD in Environmental Art and Socially-engaged Art Practice.

www.earthebrides.com

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Martin Campbell

Martin Campbell

I studied on the NC Art and Design in Uist after finishing at Sgoil Lionacleit.

I then went on to Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2011 and then establishing the Rag and Bone workshop which is based in Glasgow.

My art practice includes designing and making furniture and sculpture from re-appropriated materials, organising and participating in exhibitions, facilitating educational and skill sharing workshops and undertaking artists residencies.

I am interested in demonstrating an environmentally conscious, inventive and resourceful use of materials and creating opportunities for people to re-learn hand and craft skills.

www.ragandboneworkshop.co.uk

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Kate MacDonald

Kate MacDonald

I did the NC Art and Design Course instead of 6th year at school.

After the NC I studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and did the BA (Hons) Drawing and Painting 2004-2008.

Both the NC and the first year at ECA allowed me to explore various techniques and media through short courses and modules.

Looking back I am glad that I had these two years to experiment - they were great fun!

I then went on to become a florist for about 3 years.  During this time I was also involved in some community education and school art projects.  This then became my full time work through the Children's Parliament.

In 2014-2015 I did a PGDE in Secondary Art and Design teaching.  Since my probation year I have done supply teaching and I am currently an Intergenerational Arts Practitioner for a Dementia Friendly project.

The year I spent doing the NC was my favourite year of studying.  I got so much one to one tuition and a real variety of teachers from different specialisms.  I learned so much - I would love to do the course again!

I had also gone to the Taigh Chearsabhagh Saturday Art classes throughout school and always enjoyed the creative atmosphere there.

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Danny Cherry

Danny Cherry

After completing the NC Art and Design, I pursued my passion for computer/video game development through a Bachelor of Science degree at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Since joining the Computer Games Design course, I’ve collaborated with students on multidisciplinary projects whilst delving into game studies including user psychology and constructing 3D environments.

A select few of these playable game projects have been shown at events outwith university including Resonate and GlesGames.

Although I spend less time producing physical artwork, the NC facilitated an inventive design mentality and strong ability to visually communicate ideas that influences my work today.

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Katie Maccandlish

Katie Maccandlish

I had joined the course straight from school in 2005 hoping to gain more knowledge and develop my skills in art and design. This coincided with my starting work as a jeweller at Hebridean Jewellery Ltd.

As well as improving drawing techniques, I found that exploring different textures through materials and media have helped me to understand subject matter as well as observing objects in relation to their environment.

Today when designing jewellery, I continue to apply the principals learnt on the course which allows me to better project an idea and translate it in a finished piece.

In recent years, I have also assisted in the company’s custom picture framing department.  Part of this job involves consulting customers in choosing suitable mounts and frames for their photographs and artwork.

The course aided my understanding in the way shape and colour can affect one another.  Taking this into consideration, it allows me to better visualise the finished product before offering suggestions and recommendations to customers.

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