After studying several courses at college I realised it wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I left to go travelling around Africa. Volunteering at local nurseries helped me appreciate education and gave me the motivation I needed to return to college and make something of myself.
Studying to achieve my HNC in Art and Design gave me the chance to explore my own creativity, experiment with ideas and push myself for the best results possible. The support of my lecturer helped me grow, both as a person and as an artist.
I took part in an interesting project where I created an animation on the politics around meat production. I was heavily influenced by Dalziel and Scullion’s visual art videos and focused greatly on the process of cloning food, taking away the need for mass production of meat in forceful and cruel conditions.
I feel very proud to have won the Enterprise and Innovation Award, as in the past I didn’t know if higher education was for me. Before passing my HNC and receiving this award I had my doubts, but I have now achieved something far greater than I could have ever imagined.
I have continued my education at Duncan of Jordanstone College in Dundee and hope to specialise in animation in the coming years.
Lauren’s lecturer said “Lauren participated in a fantastic project where a professional video artist and animator worked with students to develop a short animation to be screened at an event in the Dick Institute.
Lauren was able to develop and refine a hugely inventive and individual concept into a political commentary on meat production. As a result she was offered a place at Duncan of Jordanstone College where she hopes to pursue her degree and career in animation, film and TV.
Lauren’s project is a great example of the kind of innovative, creative work that she can achieve. She has shown that she can both apply and present her skills to make a strong, exciting impression.”