I first encountered Waygood in 2005 in my second year of University when Helen came to talk to my fine art course about the redevelopment in High Bridge. It was great to hear that opening soon after my graduation would be a contemporary artist run space in the centre of town. After graduating I got in contact with Waygood who gave me paid employment at events. When I got offered my first exhibition after graduating it was again Waygood who I went to to enquire about a space to create work. They offered me their hanging space where I developed ideas, rent free for a month, ultimately leading to me creating work that I would have been unable to make without this space. A few months later I got offered a studio space at Waygood in Harkers, where I have now been for 2 and a half years. It may be a cold, dusty old warehouse but I relish the chance I get to spend in my studio and the conversations I have there with fellow Waygood studio holders and staff.
I am now a fairly successful artist in the region and have no doubt that this is down in part to Waygoods support. It will be a great shame if this same sense of support is withdrawn by the Arts Council, as I really believe Waygood is one of a kind.
Posted 3 years ago