Former Student Profile – Lydia Brockless, Class of 2010
We are looking forward to welcoming Lydia back to school as our guest speaker at the Arts Celebration Evening Tues 25 June from 7.00 pm to 8.30 pm in the Music Centre.
What years did you attend WHS?
2003 – 2010
What did you get up to at WHS in terms of study and extracurricular activities?
I took Art, English Lit. and Latin up to A Level. I was a committed Chamber Choir member and participated in many concerts including three music tours (Prague, Leipzig and Bratislava). I took part in two productions with RGS - Bugsy Malone in Year 9, and Macbeth in Year 11.
Do you have any fond memories you’d like to share?
Music Tours were really a highlight of my time at WHS. I feel so privileged to have been able to perform in such amazing venues as the Gewandhaus and Nikolaikirche in Leipzig under the expert direction of Mrs Cornall.
What did you do after school? Gap year, straight into business or Uni.
I completed an Art Foundation year at Bucks New University before moving to Leeds to study Fine Art.
If you went to Uni where did you go and why did you choose it?
I went to Leeds College of Art (LCA now Leeds Arts University). I fell in love with the city of Leeds having visited during my foundation year, and I was very impressed by the facilities and workspaces offered at the college. I felt I got the best of both worlds, in that the focus and support I got at LCA was unique to a small institution, but Leeds has an enormous student population so the social and extra-curricular options were seemingly limitless!
What are you up to now?
After graduating, I moved to Kent, where I still live. I initially found work in retail to support myself and to rent a studio space in which to continue my art practice. I built up my exhibition experience whilst trying to figure out how to get regular paid work in the Arts. In 2017 I took up a job in a girls’ secondary school as an Art & DT Technician, where I get to do all sorts of things including running an after school club and helping students realise their ever-ambitious projects. Alongside this I also do freelance education work, delivering creative arts workshops to the public through museums, galleries and local development groups as part of their arts engagement offering. I will shortly be entering an exciting new chapter; this September, I start my Master of Arts in Sculpture at the Royal College of Art.
What do you know now that you didn’t in Year 13 that you’d like to share with current students?
Studying the Arts at school will give you an opportunity to nurture your talent and provides you with a solid grounding and understanding of core principles in your chosen discipline. As with many subjects though, the transition from school to undergraduate level in creative subjects can be challenging; it will present you with new ways of working which might feel very strange at first. It also requires you to thoroughly reassess lots of ideas and conceptions you might have about Art, and about your personal approach to it. You must embrace this process fully. If you do, your time at Art/Drama/Music School has the potential to be an intense but deeply profound experience in which you will begin to better understand the nature of the creative energy you possess, and how to use it to its fullest extent.
Follow this link to visit Lydia's website: http://lydiabrockless.co.uk/