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Jake
MA Fine Art Practice
2016
Full Time

I toured with The Corrs and was a consultant for Hollywood movie 8mm during my 20 year career as an 8mm film specialist and independent filmmaker. But when I lost my job at the height of the 2008 banking crisis, my partner began to notice how much I was struggling to adapt to change. I investigated further and discovered that I had Asperger’s.

This experience lead me to channel my skills and experience into a new career path, working as a technical conservator for Tate London and Liverpool. My knowledge was helping to preserve time-based media artworks in analogue video, 16mm and 8mm.

Now, I continue to work with the Tate alongside studying for an MA Fine Art Practice at Wrexham Glyndŵr University after we relocated from London to live in North Wales.

For as long as I can remember the way I approached my whole life was very fixed, but I never recognised this as a problem. Then when I lost my job and had to think more about what I was going to do I became frightened.

Through personal experience of being a filmmaker I understand all the kinds of media and the job with the Tate really helped me to come to terms with having Asperger’s. It made me realise that the skills I had were applicable to a much broader range of careers than I’d originally thought.

As work with the Tate gathered momentum, I also started lecturing in film production at two higher education institutions in Oxford. I then received a preliminary job offer from the Guggenheim Museum in New York – which I turned down in order to focus on making my own films.

For the first time in my life I was presented with an opportunity to live in a city I’ve always wanted to live in, with a bigger salary than I’ve ever had. And it was at that moment I realised what I wanted out of life. I don’t believe that money is the thing we should always be chasing and I wanted to maintain the work life balance I had which allows me time to carry on being creative with my own films. I want to be a bigger filmmaker than I have been to date. I am currently scriptwriting for a new independent film, which I would describe as similar in style to the movie, Pi.

We made the decision to move to North Wales and it’s been fantastic. The MA at Glyndwr has given me an opportunity to reflect critically on the films I’ve made so far and it will help to further my lecturing career, which is something I’m very passionate about.

I’m very excited about what I can achieve here as a creative professional, with so many open spaces and scenery coupled with the ease of travelling to Liverpool and Manchester.

I love the Wrexham Glyndŵr University space. Everyone is friendly and I enjoy coming here, which is very beneficial for my work.

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