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Zara Worth

Career Path: Artist, Project Manager & Research Consultant
Location: York, UK

I've worked for art galleries including Baltic Centre of Contemporary Art and MIMA, whilst continuing to create my own work and curate exhibitions. I've also worked for artists as a Studio Assistant and started gaining experience project managing in the creative industries when I worked for the independent film company, Bridge + Tunnel. Since starting a part-time PhD I have also been working as a Research Consultant as well as working as a Library & Learning Officer at Gateshead College and am keen to continue to develop my practice-led research in-line with my career in education and research.

What are you doing now?

At the moment I am in the second year of my PhD (four years to go!), I am also working for Leeds Beckett University as a Research Consultant, Gateshead College, and working freelance as a Project Manager for the London Design Biennale. I'm in the lead up to my first solo exhibition with Vane, a National Portfolio Organisation in Newcastle, which I am working on with support from Arts Council England.

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

At the time I applied to Northumbria I was primarily painting and was a big fan of Laura Lancaster's work. I applied to Northumbria after finding out that she had studied there only a few years before.

What was it like studying at Northumbria?

I was in the studio everyday and had regular tutorials and lectures throughout my degree. It was a very present course and I enjoyed the opportunity for daily creative and constructive conversations.

How connected was your course with industry?

We were encouraged to seek out a work placement and I volunteered for the Newbridge Project for over a year, with me now being an Associate Member. Guest lectures were weekly and often the highlight of our timetables.

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

One of the first exhibitions I curated was as a result of my voluntary role at the Newbridge Project. I curated a small exhibition in the Newbridge Project Annexe space, it was a huge achievement at the time and I am still proud of that small show.

What was the best thing about your course?

The studio spaces were fantastic, we were really spoilt with the spaces available to us and as a result we spent as much time there as possible, which in turn meant that we were really productive.

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

We were encouraged to plan to sustain our practice independently and as a result I continue to make artwork.

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

Project management and organisation.

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

Long days in the studio.

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

Take full advantage of the studios!

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

Busy, rewarding and fun.

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