And it all started at Lancaster University…

Ollie Bradley-Baker, Hannah Ferreira and Paula Kolar - back at Lancaster University
Ollie Bradley-Baker, Hannah Ferreira and Paula Kolar - back at Lancaster University

Three former Lancaster University Fine Art graduates, who also graduated from the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford this year, returned to their stamping ground on Tuesday.

Paula Kolar, Hannah Ferreira and Ollie Bradley-Baker visited campus to speak about their work at the Tuesday Lunchtime Talk organised by the Fine Art Department in partnership with campus-based Lancaster Arts.

The trio also showed examples of their work produced while on the Master of Fine Arts course at the Ruskin School of Art.

Their pieces responded to the different aspects of travel, through the disciplines of painting, performance and film.

Hannah and Ollie, who graduated from Fine Art at Lancaster University in 2017 and Paula in 2018, all graduated from The Ruskin this year.

Paula, who comes from Vienna and now works with a collective of eight artists pan-Europe creating a touring exhibition, said: “I liked the different modules offered at Lancaster. They showed you different ways of working – it was like a blank canvass and you got to select what you wanted. Other universities often have a ‘house style’.”

Ollie, who comes from Liverpool and now lives in Oxford, works as a cinematographer making documentaries.

Still a practising artist he said: “I remember a former student came to talk to us and that really made me think about what I could do. Lancaster is a campus university in a great place. I spent every weekend cycling in the Lake District where there are loads of interesting sites for artwork.”

The most recent project he worked on 'Breakfast in Kisumu' will have its world premiere next week at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, the biggest documentary festival in the world.

Hannah, who now works as an artist-in-residence at a boarding school in York where she has her own studio, said: “Lancaster was great and, through the tutors and enjoyment of the critical theory and art history modules, love of painting was sparked again and the course shaped my artistic interest.”

 Fine Art Lecturer Pip Dickens said: “We are so very proud of Hannah, Paula and Ollie – they are fantastic ambassadors for Lancaster University Fine Art. Their talk to current undergraduates on the Lancaster course about their postgraduate experiences was so inspirational. They all have so much to offer the creative world and we are sure we will hear about more achievements from them again soon.”

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