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Q & As with Phil Robinson

1. How did you hear about Refresh Art Award and what made you want to enter?

I saw the call for submissions on Facebook originally and then again on the CuratorSpace website. The idea of an award for unrepresented artists appealled greatly and also the fact that it was open to people at all stages of their art career.

2. What was your highlight from being part of Refresh Art Award?

I met some amazing people and had some great conversations along the way. It's been very interesting watching the award grow and seeing the brilliant contributions from other artists. I love the fact that the organisers continued to promote the artists that didn't make the shortlist and give them extra exposure.

3. What advice might you give to someone interested in entering the next competition? Just go for it, the scope and variety of works submitted is one of the amazing things about the award. You have the freedom to create whatever you like and it was fantastic to see so many different styles represented in the shortlist. Your artwork will continue to be displayed online so there is great value to anyone entering.

4. What is the most important thing to you as an artist? This can be physical or internal.

Art helps me to explore, interpret and explain the world from my own perspective. Everyone has their own internal view of the world and art helps me to understand and develop this into a narrative that I can share. My paintings are my interpretation of different events, people and places brought together.

5. What inspires your current art practice? I always carry a sketch book and draw anything I see that I find interesting. I might not know where or how I'm going to use these sketches but once I have an idea for a painting I often find I can compile most of the scene from the sketches or photographs I've taken.

6. Where do you see your artwork going next?

I now have my own studio at a local museum and art gallery and I'm currently working on a new series of images exploring the different layers of city life. These paintings are at a very early stage but show snapshots of experiences I've had, places I've been and stories I've witnessed unfolding. I want to continue to make art that tells a story and hopefully my work can relate to different people in different ways.


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