Case Study

Anna Puhakka

Successful international artist Anna Puhakka is now part of a vibrant art scene in her home country of Finland and believes skills gained at Sunderland help her every day. During her studies at Sunderland, Anna began focussing on performance art and after graduating went on to work with North-East based Red Nile and BaseNorth Arts Collective with fellow Sunderland graduates thanks to funding from the Douglas Clasper Scholarship Award for Excellence and Arts Council support.

The University of Sunderland had the best studio spaces in which to work in by far, and the course itself stood out in that it gave more scope to develop individually and use different artistic disciplines.

I learned a lot of skills during my time at Sunderland, and crucially I also learned how to take criticism and not be frightened to listen to other people. This helped me to make informed decisions and move forward as an artist.

The Fine Art course attracted students with a wide age range, from 19-year-olds to a 67-year-old. This helped to create a diverse and vibrant mix and we all got to learn from each other, quite often collaborating or working together in small groups. Out in the real world, this is how most artists develop and find success.

With Fine Art you really get out as much as you are prepared to put into it, and at Sunderland you are given all the help and encouragement you need to find the right artistic mediums to develop as an individual artist.”

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