Another winning year for arts at adult college
Creative arts students at WAES, one of the UK’s largest adult colleges, had yet another winning year in 2014/15.
The college’s annual awards ceremony took place in June, with over 60 learners honoured for their achievement and commitment. Winner of the prestigious 2015 learner of the year award Geraldine Crimmins was recognised for her sensational progress, nominated by her tutor Inigo as a “committed and conscientious art student” and also as a “dynamic and enterprising character who gives a great deal of support to other students.”
Artist Geraldine's persistence pays off
Near speechless in accepting her award, Geraldine was full of praise for her tutor and college.
“I was sick for years, I had addiction problems too” says Gerladine, “ and I started painting during my rehabilitation. Inigo my WAES tutor is an inspiration and brings out the best in me.”
Asked of her most recent work, a self portrait, Geraldine pauses, “I have an affinity with doing portraits – that’s what I always wanted to do. I’ve been struggling with them for two years trying to get the right proportions.
Return of acclaimed Perspectives exhibition
2015 also saw the return of the Westminster Adult Education Service summer art exhibition, Perspectives, held annually to celebrate the work of creative adult learners across Westminster and beyond.
The exhibition offered up photography, fine art and graphic design work, as well as 3D ceramic work and intricate glass sculptures too. Celebration of student work continued with an evening open to the public featuring the latest creations of the cookery, make-up and hair-styling students in an impressive showcase.
Zoo-inspired digital art takes first prize
Governor of WAES and judge of the college's Bowker prize at the exhibition, Carolyn Keen, was highly impressed with Ewa Maria Antczak's London zoo-inspired piece which took first prize.
"The quality of work and the variety of art forms made selecting an overall prize winner very difficult. Ewe’s image of the Zebra is dramatic, the colours evoking a hot dusty landscape compelling the viewer to do a double take."
"I'm really happy I can't believe it" Ewa said about her exhibition-winning prize. "I studied painting, drawing and sculpture for 5 years - for this piece I scanned in my sketch and used a digital illustration package from there."
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