Julia Parkinson - Artist

Julia Parkinson graduated from Camberwell's BA Sculpture course in 2012 and now works as a freelance artist and designer.

Why did you choose to study BA Sculpture at Camberwell?

Camberwell had all the facilities that particularly suited my practice. I was looking for somewhere which had both printmaking facilities and a foundry. I also really enjoyed the open day at Camberwell, the technicians were all extremely enthusiastic and welcoming. The lecturer who showed us through the sculpture program was also particularly giving of his time and talked to us with an earnest sincerity and warmth. 

Overall, how did you find your time at Camberwell?

I loved Camberwell. The education was outstanding, difficult and testing, but an incredible upward learning path. It is a melting pot of brilliant minds and resources that you, for a short time, are privileged to be a part of. 

Can you tell us what you’ve been up to since you graduated?

My time has been split between shows, freelance design work, writing exhibition proposals and MA applications.

How did your time at Camberwell inform your work?

My way of working is very process-driven. The contextual framework of the course, and the cerebral precedence, forced me to think more about what was framing and shaping it, and in turn this has led me to both understand it further and help inform its own making, I think the end result, has made the work, richer for it.

What tips would you give to a student starting out at Camberwell?

Have a game plan of what you would really like to achieve from the course. Structure the work you make around it so you come away having got as much as you can out of the course. 

There are many optional workshops, lectures, and talks that are there for you to use if chose it. Do it all, make the most of every day, it's precious time to really be made the most of.