Former Brooke Weston student Sai Stephenson will study sculpture and performance arts after being accepted onto a Fine Arts degree course at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Sai, who left Brooke Weston last summer, said: ‘I applied because of the reputation Goldsmiths has. Many renowned British artists such as Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst and Michael Landy studied there, and I want to follow in their footsteps of redefining and challenging the boundaries of Fine Art. I also really liked the atmosphere and felt like it was the right place for me when I visited it.
‘The interview was the most daunting of all the university interviews I attended. Two tutors and a student asked me to talk them through my project but were mostly interested in how I critically evaluated my work and how that helped me to develop my ideas and concepts.
‘My practice is always changing but at the moment I'm working mainly in sculpture and performance. I'm exploring the concept of control by exercising the limits of materials and recording the results. This project has been largely informed by the book ‘Failure’, which is part of the Whitechapel Documents of Contemporary Art series.
‘The Goldsmiths Fine Art course is very broad and allows you to work freely without the restrictions of a project brief. I've never really been big on painting, which is a difficult stance to have when doing GCSE and A Level Art because the criteria of the courses is more suited to painters with a traditional style. However because sculpture was what I worked best in, the Art department staff at Brooke Weston supported my decision to work with clay and helped me to meet the criteria without having to completely change my style. I haven't properly decided what I want to do after finishing my degree, but I've been thinking about applying for artist residencies or maybe taking some time out to travel.'
Art teacher Ms Watts said: ‘This is an amazing opportunity and Sai is going to be taught by the most famous British artists in the country. She was always really talented but she worked exceptionally hard and pushed herself to the utmost.’