Falmouth School of Art Graduate Awarded RCA Scholarship

Recent BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts graduate Emily Goodaker has won a lucrative scholarship towards a postgraduate masters in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery at the Royal College of Art.

Worth £10,000, granted by the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) and sponsored by the Garfield Weston Foundation, the accolade arrives after a busy year for Emily. Not only in her final year of University, but also an active practitioner, she has undertaken two live briefs at both the Royal Cornwall Museum and The Plymouth Museum.

The initial brief, located in Plymouth Museum’s China Connections collection, saw Emily focus on the material challenges presented in porcelain and pewter. Meanwhile, the second live brief within the Royal Cornwall Museum provided Emily the opportunity to create the Carn Brea Ring – a contemplative piece querying Cornish histories.

Emily is keen to continue her explorations in the next stage of her professional career whilst studying the two years masters at the RCA, and is particularly keen to weave existing interests into her practice: “I hope that I will be able to continue to engage with historical objects and feed this information into my work at the Royal College of Art.”

Not only did Emily’s tutors and technicians at Falmouth support her RCA application, but the course also offered the opportunity to explore materials and processes; a journey which Emily is keen to continue.

“The last four years have been fantastic and following my Foundation studies here in Falmouth I am so glad that I stayed on to do my degree. The BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts degree has enabled me to experiment, to work with an exciting amount of processes and materials that has ultimately placed me where I am today – eager to learn more!”

Emily’s award arrives a year after Alastair Barford, 2011 BA(Hons) Fine Art graduate, also won a QEST scholarship. Worth £15,000, it allowed Alastair to attend the Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence to study classical drawing and painting. Indeed, Alastair became interested in further study at the Academy after winning Falmouth University’s Wilhelmina Barns-Graham ‘Travel to Italy’ Award, which enabled him to study a two week short course at the studios.


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