THE 2020 WINNER’S EXPERIENCE
Central Saint Martins graduate Sian Fan specialises in digital arts and won last year’s ARTSTHREAD showcase with fellow CSM graduate and fashion designer Alex Wolfe.
Why did you decide to take part in ARTSTHREAD ?
As a 2020 graduate, I liked the idea of being part of a global cohort. Especially when graduating at such a unique point in time, it felt right to try to connect as a larger group, beyond the bounds of individual universities. I was also naturally looking for opportunities to share my work, and ARTSTHREAD felt like a good fit for me.
How long did it take you to prepare for the application?
I had most of the material needed for the application already, as part of my own documentation and artistic processes, so it didn’t actually take me very long to complete the application at all!
What did you get as a winner of the 2020 showcase?
As a winner, I was interviewed and featured in i-D magazine, which was a real teenage dream of mine come true!
How did ARTSTHREAD help you at the stage after graduation?
ARTSTHREAD helped to provide me with an important platform to share my work. Normally as a graduate, you would have an actual degree show where you would be able to present your work, network, and celebrate your achievements, but as a 2020 graduate we didn’t have any of this, so it was especially powerful to have an opportunity to present my work to a wider audience. They’ve also been really helpful in providing press opportunities even after the show has finished.
Do you think initiatives like this are important for graduates? Do you have any advice for this year’s applicants?
I think it’s super important for graduates to have opportunities outside of their individual institutions. It helps to prepare you for life after university and is a good primer for being a professional artist. I also think it’s really valuable to see your work as part of a global collective, it gives a more in-depth understanding of where you fit, what’s going on in the world around you, and what makes you unique.