Scholarship

The core of the Theoretical Art Scholarship is based on cooperation and the win-win principle – it supports individuals by developing their personal talents and encourages them to utilize their unique capacities for both their own benefit and the benefit of their community. The winner of our first 6-months scholarship (1000 EUR per month) is Tatiana G. from London/Nepal, congratulations! Tatiana will be sharing her experience at our blog site. We look forward to your reflections Tatiana, and are excited about the outcomes of this ‘theoretical art project’. 

February 20, 2017

Last week I was trying to make a list of activities that I am planning to do. Instead of thinking months and years ahead, I decided that it makes more sense to do a weekly plan. I remember when I was at the university and at the beginning of my career; I was choosing my activities bearing in mind on how the prospective employees would regard this on the CV. Then whilst working, the personal development plan followed a strict linear line, based mainly on the discussions with the managers at work. Plans that followed were based on the perceived weaknesses to suit the organisational needs, to shape the personality in order to tick the boxes and to get a promotion. Interestingly there was no discussion on how to capitalise and grow the strengths or to follow passions in areas that were of professional and personal interest.    

The scholarship is an opportunity to experiment, to explore creativity and re-discover a creative side; to take risks and to think outside the...

February 15, 2017

After one year, I have returned to London for a week. Most people have been asking me whether I am back for good, as of course the Londoners think that there is no other city better than London. The week in London however is not a holiday break, neither is it a move back, but a necessity to organise my affairs. It was also a week of reflection to understand how I feel to return to a city where I spent many years living and working and to validate or not validate my decision to stay in Asia.

In the midst of the business and madness of the city, travelling and meetings I did not have much time or mental space to reflect on the next steps. This is exactly how I remember it. Whilst the city offers huge opportunities to personal development, creativity, cultural and re-creational activities, it has always consumed me – leaving little time for personal reflection. When I lived here, I increasingly realised that I had to find time to reset and had to ensure that I create the much needed per...

February 3, 2017

When one door closes, another one opens. Don’t dwell to long on what was behind the closed door. If there is no door, then create one. We might not know what is behind that door, but if we won’t try to enter it, we will never know.

This week I have formally resigned from my job and paved my way for a long awaited career break. Freeing up space and capacity to start something new sounds very exciting, but it can be overwhelming and scary. Maybe things will work out, maybe they won’t. But I will not know until I try. The scholarship is certainly contributing to the thought process and reflection. It not only pushes me to ask questions, but more importantly to seek answers and take actions.

It is interesting to see reactions of different people when I tell them “I am leaving”. Some people get excited and see it as a great opportunity; others think that especially in this uncertain world it is madness. For a while, I have looked at it from this angle too. I was filled with fear, and I wou...

January 23, 2017

The most difficult part, at least from my personal experience is to take a first step. The second part is continuing to take further steps, even if the path is not a straight line, and it never is.

Since I started travelling across many countries, I began to understand that I am a lucky person, because I do have options and there are many people that don’t. Whether it is a woman in Cambodian countryside who has never left her village, or a girl in rural India who has no choice but to marry a man that her parents have chosen for her or whether it is a young man in Nepal whose only option to earn money in order to feed his family is to go as a migrant worker to the Gulf States with no guarantee that he will return.

The dilemma of many in the ‘first world' is that they have too many options. Whilst having abundance of options is certainly a luxury, it can also lead to overthinking, indecisiveness and inertia. And this is how I have felt time and time again. Over the last week I had conve...

January 13, 2017

When I first learnt that I am the lucky recipient of the scholarship I was filled with excitement, immediately followed by a thought what is it that I am actually going to do?

I live in Nepal, a beautiful country, which is home to the highest mountains in the world. It is also one of the poorest countries in the world. It has been my home for nearly a year now after I took a bold decision to leave a comfortable well paid position at a financial institution in London. I had a feeling that after eight years in London I needed change ­– change in professional direction, change in the life style, change in my perspective. A valuable advice that I received when I was thinking about the move was from a journalist friend who simply said: “If you want to experience adventure and change the world, you will not do it by spending hours in the meetings in the city of London. You need to get out there and explore."

At the time when I learnt about the scholarship, I was on a work trip in Biratnagar...

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