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Hello, as someone who has dyspraxia I am looking for some advice.
Here’s a brief history about myself to put it all in context.
I’ve previously completed a Fine Art BA in 2006, & a Masters in Illustration in 2013 at Camberwell in London. Before starting that course it was claimed I would be given the tools to ‘sell myself’ to the art and advertising world, unfortunately this was never the case…as a consequence I finished the course and have struggled to stay within the arts. Having returned to the small and rather dying market town of Yeovil, where there are no art opportunities, let alone jobs outside of helicopter and leather making industry etc. I’ve felt rather isolated and wishing to return back to a city, with a desire to stay within the arts. One option was perhaps teaching at college & university level, but I’m not sure if I’m the right person for this. Having been a pointillist illustrator, I have a large level of patience and attention to detail & have been looking in to the prospect of Art restoration. I see there are opportunities to intern within this area at certain places. With this idea in my mind I enquired with my old tutor at Camberwell who never bothered to furnish me with a reply to my question and the advice from Camberwell staff appeared to be that I was basically too old (at 34) to get any kind of funding to be on this course.
I’m wondering if anybody can tell me if there is in fact any kind of funding available for someone my age or if they have any tips for the best courses to be on? Bristol or London could be an option, but from what I have seen Bristol doesn’t appear to have this type of course?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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I've had some small insight into the art restoration world. Basically, it's tiny and highly specialist. The only people that can afford art restoration are the super-wealthy and museums, and fine art restoration is pretty much limited to a few University departments (eg Hamilton Kerr at Cambridge, which also runs courses) and large Museums.

You might want to consider a) looking more broadly at conservation courses, where there are more general level entry points with the National Trust etc, and also pre-relocating in an arts/museum centric city - London, Brighton, Cambridge, possibly in the west-country Bath and Bristol?

Age shouldn't be a feature of getting funding -art restoration isn't a very age-centric skill, but as I say, more general conservation might be a better way in - specialise with experience rather than training.
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Thank you for the information, i really appreciate it. Time to do more research i feel..
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I've had some small insight into the art restoration world. Basically, it's tiny and highly specialist. The only people that can afford art restoration are the super-wealthy and museums, and fine art restoration is pretty much limited to a few University departments (eg Hamilton Kerr at Cambridge, which also runs courses) and large Museums.

You might want to consider a) looking more broadly at conservation courses, where there are more general level entry points with the National Trust etc, and also pre-relocating in an arts/museum centric city - London, Brighton, Cambridge, possibly in the west-country Bath and Bristol?

Age shouldn't be a feature of getting funding -art restoration isn't a very age-centric skill, but as I say, more general conservation might be a better way in - specialise with experience rather than training.
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