From motherhood to art therapy

College News and Communications
Thursday, 01 August 2019 15:28


Mum of three Emily Phillips from Henley-in-Arden has recently completed a Level 3 Art and Design Diploma at Bournville College. Before becoming a full-time mother for the first time 14 years ago, Emily was a primary school teacher.

Art had previously just been a hobby, so when the children were old enough, Emily decided that a qualification in art would be a great kick-start to a new career direction and get her out of the house.

During her time at Bournville College, Emily delivered six workshops to adult students with learning disabilities. They did print making and the resulting artwork was exhibited at the Custard Factory in Digbeth.

The accompanying photo shows Emily with her final major artwork. She explained the concept saying, “I knew that I wanted my work to address themes of authenticity and artistic intention because my response to Leonardo da Vinci’s work in Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery inspired me to investigate those broad ideas.”

Emily’s next step is to go to Birmingham City University to study for a Masters in Fine Art, specialising in Art Therapy, with the ultimate ambition to set up her own therapy practice upon graduation.

When asked what advice she would give to her younger self, Emily said, “Keep working when you have kids. Even if it is part-time to keep your CV up-to-date. A 10+ year career break has made it hard to get back.”

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