Places with no paintings to see
My name is Magda and I am a painter.
Thank you for being a part of my project.
WHY AM I HERE ?
I am currently in the final year of Masters in Painting at the Royal College of Art in London.
I have managed to get here supporting myself financially, although covering the cost of my tuition fees always seemed fairly impossible. I have had to admit I could not finish my journey without help.
Growing up in a small village in rural Poland my parents couldn’t afford to pay extra tuitions to develop any of my interests. I have a very strong memory of myself learning how to draw with home made charcoal. However, having no guidance, I ended up destroying everything I made, and spent most of my free time in the village library.
There are still places where there are no paintings to see. I saw a painting in flesh for the first time when I was seventeen. It was a strangely intimidating, but beautiful experience. There are still more paintings which need to be made, there are places that need artists.
I have always thrived to move forward. Shortly after finishing high school I left for Scotland, where I resumed working on improving my drawing skills. I eventually got offered a place at Edinburgh College of Art, and graduated with Drawing and Painting degree in 2009.
My degree show work was selected by the Royal Scottish Academy for New Contemporaries Show 2010. During the show I was awarded the Landscape Painting Prize. Landscape has always been a big part of my work.
W O R K I N G W I T H A B R U S H
In 2010 I arrived in London. Finding enough paid work at the time of recession was impossible. I still managed to keep the studio, however due to financial difficulties I had to walk from Hackney to Bermondsey, which was a very long distance. As a result of so much walking I would be so tired, that I would often end up sweeping the studio floor, and head back home afterwards.
A Polish painter Roman Opalka said once, that it was important to be in the studio everyday. Even if the only thing you happen to do is sweeping the floor.
T H E C O U R S E
I eventually made it to the Royal College of Art. The RCA is considered one of the best art schools in the world. The selection process is extremely competitive. The course has been very intense. Painting is my everyday activity, however I still work various part time jobs, including teaching in order to meet my living costs and support my practice.
I would like to ask for your help in any form to help me complete my studies. Anything you can personally bring in:
sharing my story with those who might enjoy becoming a part of it,
or buying one of my art works and giving it a new home.
Sharing my story supports my project, giving me an encouragement, and reassuring me that my work gives people something valuable.
Please don’t forget a hashtag #magdasma when you share my story on social media :)
THE UPCOMING EXHIBITION: GREETINGS FROM A PLACE IN MY HEART
I have organised a small exhibition, which will take place on 18th of November.
It is my way of saying thank you for sharing and supporting my campaign. Come along for a chat and a glass of wine. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to join us.
I hope to see you there!
D O N A T I O N S A N D A W A R D S
I am offering a wide range of rewards in exchange for donations. Please browse through my awards section. Also I would like to encourage you to get in touch, if you would like to receive a pdf version of a catalogue of currently available works.
Donate £20 and receive Greetings from a Place in my Heart polaroid
Donate £80 and receive a hand printed screen print Siesta 2015
Donate £150 and receive one of Needle Drawings, 2017
Needle Drawing I 2017 (framed)
Donate £150 and receive one of my archive monoprints, 2007
Needle Point I
Donate £500 and receive an
Donate £700 and I will make you a tapestry piece like this:
Fragmented ticking cotton, unframed
The Subject 2014
oil on linen, 50x50cm
oil on canvas
20 x 30cm
Other available works
Few of my works will be available to view during the exhibition at The Child and Family Practice on 18th of November 2017
150 x 175cm
oil on linen
ARTWORK EXHIBITED DURING THE EXHIBITION
Some art works exhibited during the show will be available for sale.
The exhibition has been supported by The Child and Family Practice, a counselling practice based in Bloomsbury. They are amazing bunch of dedicated practitioners. 5% of funds acquired from any sales during the show will be donated to The Child and Family Practice Charity.
Please feel free to get in touch for more information.
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