My name is Arantxa and I am a Basque artist working and living in London. Apart from my studio work I am an Innovation Manager at University of the Arts London, where I develop Innovation and Development (R&D) projects with academics and industry experts.
The hybrid nature of my professional profile is crucial to successfully deliver this type of work: I graduated with a PhD from the University of the West of England, UK; an MA in Art and Design from the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, UK; and an Honours Degree in Fine Arts from the University of The Basque Country, Spain. Additionally, I have a Diploma in Management and Leadership, I am a Chartered Manager and I am now doing an ‘MBA Essentials’ course at LSE, UK.
What is relevant here is that I believe that I use similar skills and methods when I am in the studio, doing my own research and/or delivering R&D for industry. My present research is looking at the differences between ‘Design Thinking’ and ‘Art Thinking’, specifically focusing on the research and development methods that these two disciplines rely on to develop ideas, products and solutions to problems.