Robyn Nichol

Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art
Twitter: @_robynnichol

Why did you choose LICA?

The main reason why LICA particularly appealed to me (other than Lancaster being a very high ranking university) was the ‘Modernism in the Arts’ module, the academic element of all LICA degrees. I find it very beneficial to my own work to learn about the historical context in which my practice sits in art history. Along with this, I was also keen to avoid 100% practical Fine Art courses, as a strong art history awareness also increases future job prospects. 

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

Being able to become significantly more confident in myself and my work through not being afraid to take risks, as well as constantly developing and pushing my work forwards. Also, having the opportunity to be able to show work in The Peter Scott Gallery as part of Lancaster Arts’ ‘Festival of Questions’ (February 2016) was a really amazing experience.

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

I show my work around the country independently and also as part of Clandestine Collective, the Northern, female-identified art collective that I am part of. I am also a member of Lancaster University Collective Artivation (Lancaster University’s Fine Art collective) and take part in projects and exhibitions on and off campus.

What’s ‘Lancaster Life’ like?

There is always a friendly, welcoming, and supportive atmosphere among students and locals, whether you are living on or off campus. Along with this, for LICA students cultural cities such as Manchester are only a train ride away, as well as easy access to the arts within the North of England. Researching in the North is something which I would actively encourage LICA students to do regularly, as I’ve found that Northern galleries have just as much (if not more in some cases) to offer than London-based galleries.

Any advice for LICA applicants?

Don’t be afraid to fail, or to make work that doesn’t play safe. Also, always ensure that you are making work that you enjoy and are happy to produce, even though you are in a degree environment. However, the most important piece of advice I can give is to take every opportunity that’s available to you, as it will be incredibly beneficial for you in the future.