I studied Fine Art, and have subsequently worked as part of a number of arts organisations in a paid or voluntary capacity, as well as running my own craft business as a sole trader. The arts bring happiness and inspiration to many, as well as bringing a great deal of revenue to towns and cities: the arts are NOT a luxury. I studied art because I could never imagine doing anything else – I appreciate the way the arts can be used to celebrate diversity and contribute to a vibrant, exciting culture. I am volunteering for Arts Emergency Service because our vibrant culture is being threatened like never before in my lifetime. I am lucky to be where I am and I want to pay it forward to aspiring artists and art students.