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Roberta Fulford

Career Path: Artist & Sculptor
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Upon graduating I took my first job as an interior designer. It was the recession of the early 1990s and so opportunities in furniture design and more creative pursuits were limited. But I thrived as an interior designer and enjoyed a satisfying and successful 20 years in the industry. I chose to take a step back from that role in order to return to my creative roots and it has led to flourishing artistic personal development as an artist and sculptor.

What are you doing now?Roberta Fulford

I now focus my time creating sculptural works, installations and large paintings from my studios in Newcastle and Scotland. I’ve been fortunate to have several solo exhibitions and am preparing for more coming up. The current large installation on Newcastle Cathedral is my greatest honour.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

The vibrancy of the campus and the city as a whole, as well as the opportunity the course gave me to work in various mediums and scales.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I loved it and enjoyed the emphasis on learning skills while nurturing personal creativity and sharing feedback with fellow course mates.

If you took on a placement during your course how did you feel this helped you in your career/ with your studies?

I did a week long placement with a jeweller. I enjoyed being in a practice and learnt a lot from it.

What was the best thing about your course?

The fabulous workshops and creative environment, in the heart of the best city in the country.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

It gave me not only a very good qualification but an enthusiasm for creativity, personal achievement and enjoying what I do - all of which has stuck with me ever since and benefited my career choices and opportunities.

Which skills/knowledge did you learn on your course that you use most now throughout your career?

I learned to look at our world with an artistic eye and how to create something from that vision.

What did you enjoy most about your time at Northumbria University?

I blossomed and had a blast!

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Definitely do it!

How would you describe your time at Northumbria in three words?

Best time ever.

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