Mali Draper

Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art

Why did you choose LICA?

I wanted to come here because of the balance between theory and practical work. At the open/offer days they explained the importance of an informed practice and I got the impression that LICA were very encouraging of this. The Lancaster Arts programme was a big part of my decision to come here too. I love attending concerts, theatre and dance shows, exhibition etc. so to find out that this is all available on Lancaster’s doorstep was very exciting - it also means you don’t have to travel to major cities to enjoy a bit of arts culture! Also, the 24/7 studios were a real catch for me. It has been amazing to be able to work whatever time of the day with no restrictions.

What has been the best part of your course so far?

I think the fact that all courses within LICA promote an interdisciplinary practice is very forward thinking in terms of the Arts. There is a freedom here to explore many types of art practices which broadens your experience and knowledge as an art student. The visiting artist programme has been a really valuable opportunity to hear about contemporary artists’ practices and stories as well as to have one to one tutorials with them. Another important part of the course has been the transferrable skills from theory into my studio practice. I have found that through the topics we have studied, I am constantly challenged when it comes to thinking about my work, so it’s been very helpful in developing my practice. But, I think that the best part overall is that you are immersed in a constant creative environment.

What do you do outside of your degree, for instance, are you involved in any societies or work part time?

I am a member of the yoga society and have work part time at the leisure centre on campus.

What’s ‘Lancaster Life’ like?

Lancaster life is lovely because it has so much to offer for different students’ interests. There are different night out club scenes as well as a few good old traditional English pubs and live music venues. If nights out aren’t your thing then there also many quieter places to hang out including lots of little bookshops/cafés during the day. Because Lancaster is so small, people often get to know people quickly, so you can be sure that Lancaster is a friendly place to be.

Any advice for potential LICA applicants?

Be prepared and open to new ideas and new ways of working!