New York Study Trip 2016: Final Day

Our final day in New York arrives. What a week! Some fantastic visits have taken place and important contacts made. Our ‘Wunderkammer’ has been working its magic and is now on the shelves of some of the top art directors and designers in the city. There has been real interest in Lizzie Houldsworth’s work from Nobrow’s New York office and it looks like Beth Wheatley has been offered agency representation from Mendola. Many more students have had incredibly useful, critical and supportive feedback during the trip that will allow them to recalibrate their portfolios, hopefully with future trips to London (and New York) in mind. More information from the visits will come to light over the next couple of weeks and I will feed this into future posts.

Thanks very much to Akhran for inviting Sue and myself to see his friend rehearse Shakespeare’s ‘Love’s Labour’s, Lost’ at the Juilliard Performing Arts School (a very prestigious institution) last night. The quality of the acting was phenomenal.

After that it was down to ‘ArtBar’ in Greenwich Village for a final night drink. It was a little too crowded to begin with but eventually we seemed to take over most of the back room. It was good to sit down and reflect on the week (and in fact the whole of the year) over a beer. I have posted some photos from the night. Apologies any ‘red eyes’!

As I write we are just waiting for the coach to arrive to take us to JFK airport. It has been a really successful week and the students have acquitted themselves really well. They have been thoroughly professional in their approach. This has definitely been commented on by art directors. They also now have some fantastics contacts to follow up on and gained huge confidence in their own abilities. The challenge of researching, securing and going on the kind of industry visits that they have had in a place like New York would be a major challenge for an established professional illustrator and so well done to all of them.

Thanks need to go out to all involved in making this trip happen; Mark and Keryn for getting the ball rolling and dealing with the logistics, Jane in Art Admin for liaising with the tour operator and also finance, Study Trips for delivering such a professional trip and Sue Clarke for support in New York during the week.

Until next year…..




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