LCF Careers and course leaders at LCF have been considering how to help students get creative opportunities abroad, and they’ve come up with an exciting new award. The Global Outlook Award funds students to take their work to a new country and develop a creative project or creative skills beyond borders.
We spoke to Global Outlook Award winner Kári Sverriss, MA Fashion Photography, to find out more about the work he submitted and what exciting work he hopes to create during his time abroad.
LCF News: Do you think cross cultural collaborations are important for artists and creatives?
I think they are very important, during my studies at LCF I travelled to Finland with a few of my classmates and our course leader Paul Bevan, where we had 4 days of lectures, workshops and creative collaborations between students from Finland and LCF. In that time I learned so much about the Finnish culture, their way of thinking and the culture and history of fashion and photography. The trip inspired me immensely and some of the things I learned I have incorporated into my work. I think it is very important to know about different cultures all over the world, and I have seen that I can gain better knowledge about different cultures through collaborations. Whilst studying at LCF I collaborated on various projects and shoots with people from all over the world, and without a doubt every time I worked with new people I learned something new.
It is also important to realise that if I ever want to work for a magazine or a brand in a different country, I have to know the way they work and think, and this will help me reach a bigger market.
LCF News: What was the project that you proposed to win the award?
I proposed to continue with a project that started with my final piece of work for my Masters. It’s all about raising awareness and highlighting social issues through photography and fashion. I think it’s possible to use fashion images to raise awareness of certain social issues, such as poverty and addiction. I proposed that I would continue to develop a body of work that relates to these matters.
Fashion photography is like a universal language read and understood by many all over the world, and it is my belief that fashion images should not only sell something but should also evoke, challenge and use fashion and photography to help, and to raise awareness of certain matters.
LCF News: What are you hoping to do by travelling abroad with the support of the award?
I am hoping that my work will be seen by many, that I will be able to exhibit the work I created before the Global Outlook Award and also create more meaningful work with the help of the award.
I am hoping that I can use the budget to take my work to the next level.
I also believe that this award will help me to become more known as an artist, and that this might open many doors to future work within the fashion industry.