I am Ronica Roopak. I come from a humble family in the north-eastern part of India. Right after matriculation, I have expanded my geographic horizon from my native town in Assam to Kota for IITJEE preparation and then to Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. I believe this experience has imparted in me humility towards other societies’ customs and knowledge about diverse traditions. Now I dream of going to the world’s best art institute – Royal College of Arts London. Though I have come a long way from Assam by sustaining on scholarships, but I now require your help. I am unable to cover the entire expenses of my study.
You can look up my artwork at https://www.behance.net/Ronica
Since childhood, I have had a penchant for drawing and crafts. What started as a hobby of watching my aunt draw Mickey Mouse as a toddler facilitated drawing my first portrait in kindergarten. It was a sketch of my grandmother’s sister. Though impressed by the likeness of the sketch but owing to humble background, my family never risked investing in my creative endeavours. They believed that fine arts is a challenging field with unpredictable prospects. Which is true, but that only propelled my tryst with it in school when my painting was used as the cover page of our annual school magazine.
My stay at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (one of the premier research institutions of India) made me cognizant of making art as my way of life. The life drawing sessions, visits to art galleries, early morning sketch walks/photo walks, pottery classes, watching classics at the Industrial Design Centre instilled a state of deep turmoil to my otherwise analytical engineering mind.
After graduation, I started preparing myself for this shift into fine arts alongside working in an art retailer e-company named Artlounge.in. Owing to technical background I had limited knowledge about portfolio making. After two years, I had made a decent portfolio and was elated when I was selected for the Graduate Diploma course at the world’s best art institute - Royal College of Arts London.
The Graduate Diploma is a 30 weeks course and term start on 7th January 2019.
The estimated expenditure during the entire tenure is as follows:
|In British Pound||In Indian Rupees|
|Living Expenses||1265 x 8||982235|
|Flight Travel (one way)||260||25235|
How can you help?
I sincerely and most utmostly need your help in this mission of mine. I have a meagre amount of savings but not the required funds. My course starts on 7th January 2019 and in order to get my visa by the last week of December, I need to apply atleast by the end week of November. And British visa requires that you need to have sufficient funds 28 days prior to your date of visa application. Hence, you can understand my urgency. You can donate in the information given. I really appreciate your help and if anyone is interested in getting a portrait, I would be more than happy to make one, just type in a comment.
If you have read my entire story, and come this far, I thank you for taking out the time. My choice to study abroad at Royal College of Arts London is my desire to gain a worldly overview and be a part of its scintillating art culture and contribute my share to the artistic community. I do believe that you would also participate in this journey of mine.