I was incredibly proud to be asked to open the new University Centre at York College on the evening of Monday 2nd December. The University Centre will provide much needed areas for studying and socialising and create a supportive HE community, giving degree students a sense of identity and distinctiveness within York College.
I was asked because my experience at York College has gone full circle. I’ve been here as a parent, at Vocational level, Degree level, and am now here as artist-in-residence and a part-time member of staff.
My mum's dementia diagnosis was one of the main factors which caused me to re-evaluate my life and led me to leave teaching and begin a Foundation in Art & Design at York College, which in turn led me to York College's Contemporary Craft BA.
My mum had been declining for a long time, but in the end her condition suddenly worsened and she died in the morning. She smiled to the end.