Future Map 2004 exhibitor
Camberwell College of Arts, BA Drawing alumna
UAL catches up with BA Drawing Camberwell College of Arts graduate Caroline Hamann as she reflects on her experience of taking part in Future Map in 2004.
Submitting work to be part of an exhibition is a key skill for emerging artists – how did you go about making sure you stood out for Future Map and in fact, at any group exhibition?
I didn’t - I just really enjoyed my project.
How do you think being part of Future Map helped you establish yourself in the early stages of your career?
As I didn’t embark on an artistic career as such, it was more of a pleasant bonus on my CV, and something I was very proud of. So, I guess in a way, it affected my self-confidence.
Do you have any tips for this year’s Future Map artists on preparing for the exhibition and making the most of it?
Work hard and make good art.
How did UAL help you prepare for your career beyond college and is there anything else it could have done?
I am still very grateful for the software lessons. I got criticised for focussing on my job search rather than my artistic development. However, I needed to earn money after my degree. Now, 10 years later, I am finally able to focus more on being an artist.
All in all, being at UAL was a wonderful, fulfilling experience.
What advice would you give to students wanting to start out at UAL?
Work hard, make good art and stay open for feedback.
If you could travel back in time to your first day at UAL, what advice would you give to yourself on the first day of your course? And which method of time travel would you use to travel back to the future?
Keep going, don’t get discouraged and don’t forget - the tutors are there to help you!
As for travelling back, a leisurely stroll will do.
What’s been the greatest achievement of your career so far?
Working on Corpse Bride, as well as seeing my drawings at the cinema coming to life on a screen.
What’s next for you/what projects are you currently working on?
A 2D animation, feature film storyboarding coming up right after.
What do you think arts education will look like 100 years from now?
Basically the same, with more computers and digital art. But I believe learning your craft prevails as the best basis for becoming an artist.