In doing so, Adam broadened his creative understanding, developed key professional skills and built an impressive network of peers and professionals.
Mastering his skills
Going beyond the classroom
Adam's most recent piece, More Cow Power, highlights the importance agriculture holds in blending the industrial world with nature, and consequently the role his art can play in helping bridge this gap.
Throughout school, Adam was encouraged to think "beyond the classroom" and consider the role art plays in social contexts. His time at Reading School of Art furthered his ambitions and helped him discover his potential, abroad and in the UK.
"For me, the most important part of this course is its international scope. There has been a whole range of opportunities where we have had the chance to go abroad and learn from other people."
International experience - The Wuhan Exchange
"Our partnership in Wuhan has given me the chance to step back and follow a different set of influencers and a different way of thinking. I learnt to work with architects and people from other backgrounds, cultures and professions. That is a really important thing to do as an artist."
During the exchange programme, Adam built upon not only his own artistic abilities but an understanding for the way traditional Chinese art was crafted – a mimetic form of art that differs from the more Western ideas of conceptualisation. These newly found ideas and styles have helped inform Adam's core working practice of sculpture ever since.
"As artists, we are always trying to challenge the conventions of society so it's helpful if you can experience them and their cultural contexts first-hand. My master's in fine art gave me the opportunity to do just that."
Developing critical skills
Adam attributes his skills to his time at Reading School of Art. Supporting staff research projects on trips to Ireland and Scotland helped him enhance his profile as an artist.
Additionally, taking part in symposiums and writing proposals helped Adam build his confidence in communicating the theory behind his work and allowed him to engage with colleagues from across the world.
A bright future
"The support I've received here since starting my course has been pastoral, academic and skills-based. The staff here have supported me 100% regardless of the decisions I have chosen to make as an artist."