Wednesday, 27 August 2014

60 SECOND INTERVIEW: Megan Dunford

MEGAN Dunford has always lived in West Dorset with a keen interest for art. After getting A-levels in art, photography and textiles at the Thomas Hardy School in Dorchester, Miss Dunford went on to study a Fine Art Foundation at Somerset College of Art and Technology for a year and completed a Fine Art Degree in Cardiff in 2011. Since finishing university, Miss Dunford has volunteered for various arts organisations and worked as a gallery steward at Bridport Arts Centre. She now works as the exhibitions assistant at Bridport Arts Centre, helping to manage the Allsop Gallery exhibitions, liaising with the artists and helping Dorset Visual Arts run Dorset Art Weeks. This year she was also the event co-ordinator for Bridport Open Studios.

WHAT inspired you to work in art?
For as long as I can remember I have loved drawing and learning about art and artists. I love meeting and working with artists and helping them to realise the intentions of their work and deliver these ideas for an art event or in a gallery environment. It is hard work and not a black and white job, but I think that’s what I enjoy. You have to be willing to put the hours in and be very flexible but it is worth it in the end.

WHAT do you enjoy doing in your spare time? Are you a part of any community organisations or groups?
I try not to do anything too mentally exhausting in my spare time. I like to get outside and cycle and swim a bit. I try and make as much work as I can of my own, although this gets put on the back shelf! 

WHAT three things would you like on a deserted island with you?
A pencil and a huge pad of paper, you will never be lonely if you have these and your imagination! Plus a bottle of Frangelico for cold nights! 

WHAT would you do if you won the Lottery?
If I won the Lottery I would go travelling around the world, particularly Italy and South America, for 18 months, and bring my friends, family and partner with me! Then I would put my money and efforts into opening a centre or space that would help and encourage younger people to get into creative industries. We would teach music, art, languages, and writing courses generally having fun whilst inspiring the minds of the future! 

WHICH three people would you invite to your dream dinner party?
The thought of a dream dinner party fills me with dread it would have to be a damn good menu to impress. I would invite Nellie Bly (or Elizabeth Jane Cochran), a revolutionary journalist from the late 1800s/early 1900s who not only went round the world in 72 days but also faked insanity to report from an insane asylum. Nicolas de Staël, a Russian born French painter whose work I love, who committed suicide at 41-years-old. Last but not least, Amy Winehouse, she’d be a laugh I reckon and hopefully give us a tune after pudding.

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