The course allowed me space to grow and learn about myself as an artist, says Rebecca

MA Arts Practice, Arts, Health and Wellbeing graduate, Rebecca Lewis, began postgraduate study to enhance her current career. Here she tells us how the course allowed her to connect with likeminded people, grow her confidence and enhance her creativity as part of the USW Family.

"I was drawn to the MA Arts, Health and Wellbeing course at USW as I was currently working with ‘A Living with Dementia’ art class at Llantarnam Grange Arts Centre (LGAC)in Cwmbran. I wanted to create artwork in response to what was produced in these weekly workshops as well as creating opportunities for myself and introduce the participants to new ways of working and learning.

The course allowed me space to grow and learn about myself as an artist. I had the opportunity to explore new materials, bounce ideas off other people, to play and to learn. I became very interested in exploring the relationship between paint and stitch, portraiture and abstraction. 

Being surrounded by like-minded people who could offer support and a new perspective was a huge bonus to the course. Regular tutorials allowed me to feel confident in speaking about my work and learned how to effectively reflect on my creative processes. It has ignited a need to carry on learning and creatively playing.

The course boosted my confidence not only in my creative life but in my employment as well. Since the course I now plan workshops for other classes for younger people living with dementia. I also support artists and young people in an Arts Council of Wales funded project Criw Celf at LGAC. In these workshops I emphasise the importance of playing, learning and reflecting on creative practices."

Find out more about MA Arts Practice, Arts, Health and Wellbeing at USW.