I thoroughly enjoyed my years at Wycliffe and certainly do miss all the friends I was at school with. Looking back Wycliffe had a special quality to it and I think it was the people that made it. I was in Ivy Grove with Mr & Mrs Gray and I studied A Level Art, Geography and Business Studies.
After leaving Wycliffe in 1998, I moved to Liverpool John Moores University to embark on a Fine Art degree. I spent three wonderful years there painting amongst artful scousers. The university gave me some great opportunities such as a group exhibition in Amsterdam and an exhibition at the Liverpool Biennial. I finished the course selling two 9ft/3ft paintings which to date are my strongest pieces. One of them can be seen at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/heath-eleanor.
Once I graduated I spent some time teaching English in Italy, then moved to London for a job at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The V&A is the world’s greatest museum of art and design and gave me a good grounding into the London art scene.
2010 took me to the Royal Academy of Arts, where I worked in the membership department dealing with their 80,000 plus friends. I think my most memorable time at the RA was working during the David Hockney exhibition. A blockbuster exhibition that was sold out nearly every day and people were queuing around the block to get in. The RA is famous for its Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open entry exhibition. I submit every year and hope to be accepted sometime in the future…
I have carried on painting alongside my 9-5 and exhibited my work at the RA staff gallery, RichMix in Shoreditch and the Old Post Office gallery in Staffordshire. My paintings can be viewed at: www.eleanorheath.co.uk.
This year I have relocated and swapped London for a more rural lifestyle in Staffordshire. I now work at the National Trust (Biddulph Grange Gardens) whilst I freelance and complete an MA in Graphic Design at Staffordshire University. I take my inspiration from nature so being at the National Trust is a perfect base for me. I freelance under the name Pencil Graphics and my graphic design can be viewed at www.pencilgraphics.co.uk.