Clitheroe’s Jessye Curtis was star of the show as Blackburn College held their 18th Further Education Awards Evening at Blackburn Rovers.
Former Ribblesdale High School pupil Jessye, who studied a UAL Foundation Diploma in art and design at the college, was awarded the coveted Agnes Eccles Award for fine art and the Principal’s Award for outstanding achievement.
“Jessye has been an outstanding student who has produced very impressive work,” said Principal Ian Clinton. “In fact, I have one of her paintings hung up on my office wall! She has been an inspiration to others and is remarkably self-motivated. She received several university offers from outstanding institutions and will study art at the esteemed Chelsea College of Art and Design.”
“I didn’t expect to get a trophy, never mind two,” said Jessye, who specialises in portraits in oil paints. I am really excited about the future now and seeing what I can do at Chelsea.”
Jessye (20) went to South Africa as part of her college studies and organised a KAART exhibition, securing a £2,000 grant from 02, which showed the work of South African artists in Blackburn. She also sold almost all her end of year paintings from her final exhibition.
“Her paintings paid for a deposit for her flat in London so it shows how wonderful they are,” said Mr Clinton. “She is an amazing artist.” Another former Ribblesdale High School student Lucy Browell won an Outstanding Achievement award on the night for her Level 2 IT with games programming. “I want to go on and be a web designer,” said the 17-year-old.
And Clitheroe’s Daniel McCafferty, who got a triple distinction star in his Level 3 Extended Diploma in uniformed public services, also collected an Outstanding Achievement award. Daniel aspires to be an officer in the armed forces.
Artist Jessye Curtis is delighted with the awards she received.