Work by West Dean MFA alumni Cherie Lubbock

MA in Visual Arts Sculpture - 2011

Kristina Hagstrom


Which course did you study, and the dates?

I studied for the MA in Visual Arts Sculpture, graduating in 2011 with a first that I am very proud of. I was also the artist in residence at West Dean College for a month.

Talk us through your career path since graduating

I think there are many ways you can "survive" as an artist. I decided to keep my old career going to keep me financially stable; however, I decided to go freelance instead of being employed to free up time for my art. I now work as a leadership consultant, coach and counsellor locally. I hope to do just my art one day.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am working on two large Portland stones at the moment (1m x 1m) on a commission.

What do you consider your biggest achievement to date?

My biggest achievement with regard to my art has been to exhibit a few times and sell through Candida Stevens Gallery in Chichester.

Do you have any tips for recent graduates?

Believe in yourself and your art, follow your dream, and don't give up! Carry on. Network!

How do you think studying at West Dean College prepared you for what you do now?

I loved every minute; however, I don't think we talked enough about how you can make a living from your artwork and how to put your work out into the world.

What's your favourite memory from your time at the College?

Meeting my next-door artist Anni from Norway! We speak the same language, which is amazing, and she is so creative. She is an amazing lady. She moved back to Norway and has bought a wonderful farm and invites artists to show their work there.

Did you have a different career before coming to West Dean?

Yes, I have a long career in the corporate world as a sales director.

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