It's been a while since my last blog post - I've been super busy and I guess it's probably about time I got to catching my website up with what I've been up to this past month. This post will discuss Academie Minerva in Groningen; how it differs from university back home, and what I've liked or disliked about studying here.
Firstly, the academy is SO beautiful. As Fine Art students, we're spread across two buildings, and are able to interact with students from art education, as well as fashion, graphic, and product design. This also means that we can access workshops to experiment and improve our skills in a variety of mediums such as painting, photography, textiles, sculpture, and so forth. This has been, and will continue to be, extremely beneficial for me to be able to combine fine arts with my photographic practice, and apply them to my studies when I return back to the UK for my final year of uni.
Here's some pictures of the academy...
Another great aspect of studying at Minerva, is that we each get our own allocated studio space, which makes a change from fighting for a seat in the library around deadline time. The studios are situated across the main building, and we are mixed with students from all year groups - which makes meeting people and making friends a lot easier. My studio is naturally lit and airy, and I love that the girl in the space next to me always has a little bowl of snacks we can all fill and take from so I'm always loaded with Doritos or pistachio nuts.
Another great thing about studying at Minerva, is that every Thursday evening the dudes from the metal workshop cook up a huge meal for all the students that we can enjoy for €1, and beers for €0.70. In Groningen, you can take your glass bottles to the store for recycling, and €0.10 back per bottle - so that €0.10 from every bottle goes towards a massive end-of-year 'barbecue and beers'. I'm still still not completely used to everyone being able to get drunk and high with the teachers (marijuana is legal here), but I've found that these Thursday socials have been SO beneficial for making friends and chilling out before the end of the week. Also, a particular highlight is that one of the metal dudes brings his dog Moris every week.
I felt so out of my depth when I began studying at Minerva; a new subject, new people, A NEW COUNTRY. However, after having a month to settle in properly, and being welcomed, and treated like I've been here forever by the lovely students and staff at Minerva, I'm so glad that I made the decision to come here and push myself to try something new, and I can see myself growing every day.