Nike Akinfenwa is Nigerian and grew up in England and Rep. of Ireland. Nike is currently a student on MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins.
Why did you choose to study MRes Art: Theory and Philosophy at Central Saint Martins?
My background is analytic philosophy, and I was working on an art project that required continental philosophy research so this course seemed to come at the right time for me. After joining the online Open Day, I was more convinced that it was tailored in a way that I could work on my project and gain valuable research experience.
Funny story, I applied to CSM when I was 16 but didn’t get in, as I was too young, so its full circle. CSM has a great reputation globally and being a student I can see why that is. The drive to live up to the name is shared by everyone and I admire everybody's work ethic here.
What’s the most interesting project you’ve worked on so far?
The ’POSTGRAD MERCH SALE’ that happened in November 2022, at the Koppel. I've always been interested in how things with an audience are put together. The preparations, building and problem-solving in a group was great, but I met some really great people in the process and learned a bit about their amazing practice. My jaw was constantly dropping.
What projects/successes have you been involved with since starting the course?
I've began development on another manga project after partaking in the course. It has opened the door to many stories and possibilities that I can't wait to explore further.
What important piece of advice would you give to students thinking of studying this course?
There is a lot of freedom in this course to research anything so I would advise having some idea of what it is you are interested in doing with your research in the future. It is a great opportunity to deep dive and explore anything you want in theory and practice safely in an art environment.
What has been the highlight of your Central Saint Martins experience?
Meeting artists in other disciplines and academics willing to share their research has been great. The strong student community in CSM is something you don't find in many places.
What are your career aspirations?
After graduation, I will continue with my manga practice, and in five years’ time, I hope to still be learning from my practice and sharing my work with others.
What is the most important thing you learnt on the course?
That combining discipline is a form of academic growth that can lead to innovation on and off campus.
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