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WAES Summer of Success: 2018 Exhibition and Awards

WAES learners delivered a summer of success this year with their work featured in series of showcase events, culminating in the annual Celebrating Success Awards 2018.


The Awards event was attended by staff, learners and their guests along with a number of key WAES stakeholders and community representatives including Westminster City Councillors and partner representatives.

We were extremely honoured to have the Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Westminster Councillor Lindsey Hall to present all our winners with their awards and prizes.

A model wears artwork by Sarwat Galali, fashion student and Learner of the Year award winner 

In her closing speech the Lord Mayor remarked “I’ve been blown away by your achievements at WAES - congratulations to all of you. Whatever you do, reach for the stars - what we’ve seen you achieve here tonight is fabulous. Westminster is proud of you!”

Teacher of the Year 2018 was this year jointly awarded to Nicky Gupta and Inigo Rousham.

Learner of the Year 2018 was awarded to Sarwat Galali, Floristry Level 1 Award Learner for her commitment to study and overcoming her personal challenges (her work modelled, above). Of her Award she said, “I’m over the moon, I don’t know what to say! This means a lot, thank you.”

Gabriel Mircea Motora (pictured below with his work), winner of the Bowker Prize for Artistic Excellence, was one of the many learners honoured at the event. Gabriel's work Blue Fanfare was chosen by the judges for the prestigious prize awarded each year in memory of David Bowker, a late ceramicist at WAES.

Gabriel Mircea Motora with his winning work, Blue Fanfare

Thank you to all learners and staff involved in making the annual Celebrating Success Awards event a wonderful event for our WAES learning community. 

Earlier in the summer WAES hosted the annual WAES Summer Arts exhibition, a gallery of fine art, graphic design and ceramics completed artwork from this year's learners.

 At the Private View launch event the Lord Mayor formally declared the exhibition open.

"On behalf of Westminster I'd like to thank you for your magnificent contributions", Councillor Lindsey Hall stated. "I'm overwhelmed by the standard of the work, the dedication and creative talent. This evening has left me in no doubt that some of you will go on to forge very successful careers."

Sarwat Galali presented with Learner of the Year award by Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Lindsey Hall (r) and Arinola Edeh, Principal at WAES (l)

A glamorous catwalk event of Floristry, Hair, Make-up and wig-making also showcased the best of adult learner  talent in Westminster, attended by learners and guests including Councillor Jacqui Wilkinson, Deputy Cabinet Member for Economic Development, Education and Community (pictured below, left, presenting learner Sonia Edwards, centre, with her shortlist certificate along with Arinola Edeh, WAES Principal, right).

 Cllr Jacqui Wilkinson (l) presenting learner Sonia Edwards (c) with Principal Arinola Edeh (r)

learners and models impress with their end-of-year creations

"I was so impressed by the work produced - WAES is keenly investing in our learners and their entrepreneurial spirit", Councillor Wilkinson said. "Its fantastic to know of the range and breadth that’s on offer on the curriculum - from basic employment courses to technical qualifications"


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