Alumni stories: Kye Wilson

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Fine Art alumnus Kye Wilson explains how studying at Portsmouth helped propel his award-winning visual arts career

  • 19 February 2019
  • 2 min read

MA Fine Art alumnus Kye Wilson is an award-winning visual artist and filmmaker who uses moving image to create films, video art and installations. His works have been performed, exhibited and screened nationally and internationally.

Angel:legnA, his recent installation, explores collective human experience using the motifs and methods of Andrei Tarkovsky. It will be shown as part of POST DIGITAL STAR, the tenth edition of Madrid-based MADATAC video art and new media audiovisual art festival.

Kye tells us about his current projects, studying at University of Portsmouth, and how it helped catapult him in his career, practice and research.

Kye's story

I researched a variety of courses and places to study in the Hampshire region and London. I chose Portsmouth as the course criteria fitted with my practice, and the lecturers had lots of professional creative experience.

The highlights for me included having time to read lots of books and continue my own creative practice at a higher level. I also liked critical engagement with fellow students, guest speaker lectures and – in particular – the one-to-one tutorials with my lecturers Ergin Çavuşoğlu and Ken Devine.

My qualification helped progress my career by giving me the confidence to continue with my creative practice and research. Transferable skills gained on my Master's degree enabled me to continue to work on creative activities in the UK and abroad, including self-initiated projects or comissions and assisting other artists or organisations with their own ventures. Since graduation, I've also become self-employed as this seems the best way to sustain a living as a professional creative practitioner.

Currently, I'm collaborating with a variety of experts and academics in Virtual Reality (VR) in England and abroad. I'll be using this medium as an art form instead of just an emerging technological tool and provision of content.

I've been awarded an Arts Council England grant that enabled me to create a new moving-image film-artwork, Angel:legnA. Alongside awards, commissions and residencies, I enjoy giving talks about funding and my work at galleries and universities, like the talk I did last year at Southampton Solent University about the unique creative process behind Angel:legnA.

You can learn more about Kye and his works by visiting his creative practice site.

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