I had spoken to a number of people who had previously attended a David Wilkinson Memorial Lecture and had heard positive things. I was even told by a friend that this talk was ‘the first talk [they’ve] properly listened to in a while!’
Ruth Millington’s true passion for art really came across and engaged the audience from start to finish. The warm atmosphere in the room and Ruth’s effortless way of describing her artistic path in life were all definitely prominent factors of enjoyment for me and I am sure for everyone else too. However, it was the way she mapped out her eventful career path through pieces of art such as: Tracy Emin’s ‘Unmade bed’ Frida Kahlo’s ‘The Bed’ and Paula Rego’s ‘Snow White’ (all focused on presentations of women) which all had huge sentimental value to Ruth, was the really satisfying part. This was because the listener was able to see the genuine feelings and emotions that influenced Ruth’s life choices so naturally.
Being someone already so inspired by art, Ruth Millington’s words spurred and projected this incentive even more as she exhibited the importance of listening to your heart and doing what you enjoy in a time when many things can easily get in the way of that. Having listened to Ruth explain how she is still motivated after years of trialling and experimenting a variety of jobs such as: a museum educator, a curator and an impressionist art dealer’s assistant and still show full enthusiasm, really displayed to a room of young creative pupils that a hunger to do what you love, should never falter.
I think this talk showcased how the art world (career wise) can offer endless opportunities - Ruth’s lecture portrayed that wherever you go, great art and artists will always be discovered.
Indigo Omilana (U6M)