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Manchester Metropolitan alumni are achieving great things across the world. We caught up with three of our graduates to find out how they are making a difference and what their time at university meant to them

Painting a picture

H

e hails from Poland, and spends much of his time now in the small American city of Moscow, Idaho, where his Japanese-born wife Nishiki is an assistant professor of art. But ask artist Bartosz Beda where he calls home and the answer is Manchester. Bartosz studied for a BA and MA in fine art at Manchester Metropolitan University. “From the first day, I fell in love with the city,” says Bartosz, who was charmed by Manchester’s history, its industrial heritage and its post-industrial renaissance. The fact that it was a more affordable place to live than, say, London, also helped. “I still have my studio space in Manchester. I try to work a couple of months here (Idaho), a couple of months there.” He is grateful for the way his studies in Manchester supported his development as an artist, citing tutors Sharon Hall, Ian Hartshorne and Pavel Büchler in particular. Bartosz was intrigued by art from the age of seven, and

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Bartosz Beda BA (Hons) Fine Art MA Fine Art

attended a fine art secondary school. He worked on two animated films being produced in Poland, one of which was Peter and the Wolf by Suzie Templeton, which won the Oscar for best animated short film in 2008. He then came to Manchester Metropolitan, and at the end of his BA, Bartosz sold all the paintings from his degree show and was picked up by a London gallery, thus funding his MA. “That helped me focus only on my painting,” he says. In 2012, he was chosen to exhibit in the New Sensations show at London’s Saatchi Gallery. Bartosz won a sixmonth scholarship to study at Dresden Academy of Fine Arts, and he has staged solo shows in Madrid, Bogotá and, of course, Manchester. He is currently working on paintings inspired by his road trips in America. “I still think of Manchester as home, but the more I spend time in the USA, the more I start to feel at home here,” says Bartosz.

Met Magazine Autumn / Winter 2016  

The magazine of Manchester Metropolitan University

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