There are lots of different routes into creative careers, and your creative journey is unique to you.
Hearing from others who have progressed into creative careers is a great way to get inspired and learn how you can progress in your own creative journey.
Our online videos give you the chance to hear from artists from Kent and Medway, who have pursued creative pathways and careers. Hear their real life experience as they share their journeys and what they're doing now.
More information to support you with your own creative journey can also be found at the links below:
Coral Brookes is an artist and educator from Shropshire, based in Margate, Kent. She works across mediums of sculpture, drawing and animation and is interested in play, architecture and the imagination. Coral studied a BA Fine Art & History of Art at Goldsmiths and was an associate artist at Open School East. She teaches and facilitates creative projects with a range of groups, most recently Arts Education Exchange, Goldsmiths, Bright Shadow, Creative Folkestone and Open School East. She has a studio in Limbo, Margate.
Emily Parris is a freelance artist who specialises in analogue photography. Based in Kent, Emily runs a community black and white darkroom in Herne Bay where she tutors Darkroom techniques to people of all ages, ability and background. Emily is a keen advocate for keeping slow analogue photography prevalent in a high-speed digital world. Emily believes that the slow, tactile and hands-on approach of analogue photographic processes not only helps the user to understand the phenomenon of light, but it also helps to slow the artist down in a world that can often feel overwhelming and busy.
Emily is also a Creative Workshop Tutor at UCA where she delivers arts & craft workshops at schools and on campus to widen arts opportunities and activities for young people.
Emily is currently studying towards her MA in Fine Art at UCA and is looking forward to adding to her skills and knowledge.
James Eckersley specialises in portrait, music and advertising photography. He has been privileged to work with some of the most influential and prestigious agencies, magazines and record companies across the world including Time Magazine, GQ, The Sunday Times Magazine, Virgin Records, Parlophone, Le Figaro, Samsung and American Express.
During his career, James has enjoyed photographing some of the UK's most important and influential characters. A number of these portraits are now held in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery in London. However, the projects which James is perhaps most proud of are his books which include 'The Last Few', a collection of fascinating biographies and evocative portraits of the men who served in Britain's definitive aerial battle of World War Two. These images document a crucial part of the nation's history and have now been included in The Royal Collection.