Budding artists from Charles Read Academy were thrilled to meet British contemporary visual artist Marc Quinn as part of a special event held at Lodge Park Academy in Corby.
The students from the Corby Glen academy were among 200 primary and secondary students from academies across the David Ross Education Trust (DRET), who heard from the acclaimed artist and were able to develop their skills through exclusive workshops.
The artist who is best known for Self, a sculpture of his head made with his own frozen blood, has exhibited his works around the world, most notably at the National Portrait Gallery, the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, the Royal Academy and the British Museum.
During his visit, in an interview with the Trust’s sponsor, David Ross, Marc discussed how he began his career as an artist, the importance of believing in yourself and being intensely committed in order to achieve your ambitions.
Speaking of the parallels between being a successful artist and having an entrepreneurial approach to your chosen career, Mr Quinn said: “There’s no obvious path to becoming an artist. You have to really want to do it, be stubborn and carry on going. You need to love making art and be driven to do it, much like the approach you need for business.”
Richard Williams, Director of Academic Studies at DRET, ended: “Our students were very fortunate to meet such an influential contemporary artist.
“Marc’s words really resonated with students across the different age groups, as they begin to think about their future careers. Resilience and ambition are attributes that every student should hold on to, and Marc’s journey is a clear example of this.”