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Hugh Baird College A-level Art and Design students win first place


Earlier this year, Hugh Baird College A-level students Melissa Drummond and Ellie Nelson took part in the prestigious Sefton Open Exhibition.

The Sefton Open Exhibition gives the local community and visitors the chance to discover the wealth of artistic talent that Sefton has to offer. The exhibition gave Hugh Baird College students the opportunity to have their work displayed next to professional artists and amateur artists from across the borough.

The exhibition, ran by the Southport Palette Club, gives local artists the chance to showcase their work from a range of creative disciplines such as; ceramics, sculpture, paintings, textiles or photography. Within the exhibition, there is the Atkinson Art competition for art students based in Sefton.

The competition had a number of entries from local schools, sixth forms and colleges across the borough. Melissa Drummond, Hugh Baird College A-level Art and Design student, won first prize in the abstract category for her piece which was produced as part of her coursework based on the theme of ‘distortion’.

Melissa Drummond, Hugh Baird College A-level Art and Design student, said:

I feel so honored to have won first prize in the abstract category, it has given me a real confidence boost to know that so many people enjoyed my work.

Alongside Melissa her peer, Ellie Nelson, Hugh Baird College A-level Art and Design student, also won first prize in the portrait category for her piece of work that also looks at the theme of ‘distortion’.

Ellie Nelson, Hugh Baird College A-level Art and Design student, said:

I am so humbled to have won the first prize, it’s so exciting to see your work displayed in a gallery alongside professionals.

Both Melissa and Ellie were lucky enough to win £50’s worth of CASS art vouchers each, which were kindly donated by the Art Society Southport and were honored at the Awards evening which was held earlier in April at the Atkinson in Southport.

Lauren McInerney, Hugh Baird College A-level Art and Design Tutor, said:

I am utterly delighted that our students, Melissa and Ellie have been awarded first place. It is such a privilege to have the work of our students displayed beside the incredible entries from Southport’s Palette Club and in the fantastic setting of the Atkinson.

It is a brilliant opportunity for any young artist, to display their work and have their work commended so highly by members of the local arts society and Atkinson team is a real achievement. Throughout the A-Level Art and Design program at Hugh Baird College, we seek out invaluable opportunities for students to display their work within the local community, as it helps them prepare for future careers in the creative industries.

For more information on the A-level courses available at Hugh Baird College, please visit: https://www.hughbaird.ac.uk/a-levels or alternatively call 0151 353 4444.

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