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Olivia Baker

Equity scholarship

Postgraduate student Olivia Baker achieved her Bachelor of Design in Applied Visual Art through Ara. Now she’s working towards her next goal: The Master of Creative Practice. Olivia’s passion for printmaking and ceramics, as well as her desire to learn, led her to return to Ara to seek out further education. With the Equity scholarship she was awarded from Ara, Olivia has been able to focus on her studies and her creative endeavours.

What Ara programme are you studying?

I’m studying my Master of Creative Practice.

What area of Applied Art are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about printmaking and ceramic artworks. I love getting my hands messy and creating artworks that can decorate someone's home while still conveying complex artistic ideas.

What are your short- and long-term career goals?

Long-term I aim to become a full-time artist and live off my artworks. In the short-term I hope to travel, to learn from other artists in the field of printmaking.

What is the focus of your Master of Creative Practice?

At this stage my focus is on the artist in their studio - how much a studio space impacts the artworks that are created and how that creative process should be seen by the audience. I have hypothesised that when audiences see the process and environment of creation, this impacts their overall appreciation of the artworks.

Why did you choose to study at Ara?

I chose Ara due to the location and support I have in Christchurch, both from family and from the tutors at Ara. I also previously studied my Bachelor of Design in Applied Visual Art through Ara.

What advice would you give others thinking about studying?

In life it’s so important to learn and grow as a person. Studying allows you to do that and gain other useful skills along the way.

How did you find out about the Equity scholarship?

My course coordinator at Ara referred me to the scholarship since I had expressed a desire to come and complete my post-graduate studies but financially didn’t think I could.

What impact did this scholarship have for you?

It has allowed me to further my studies and really focus on my studies, instead of working nights as well as attending day classes.

What would you say to other learners thinking about applying for scholarships?

Go for it! It might seem daunting, but you could just be the lucky pick.