Office walls will be Baron

fine art: Clitheroe's Kathleen Baron and her winning work of art.

fine art: Clitheroe's Kathleen Baron and her winning work of art.

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A CLITHEROE student’s creation made such an impact on a team of accountants, they decided to permanently display the artwork in their office.

Kathleen Baron, who is studying for a degree in Fine Art at the University Centre at Blackburn College, was thrilled to discover her piece had been selected. It happened after Blackburn chartered accountancy firm PM+M turned its office into an art gallery for the evening, exhibiting the work of Lancashire’s future Andy Warhols and Tracy Emins.

More than a hundred creations were made available for public viewing at an evening exhibition and a panel of judges selected the stand-out work which will take pride of place on the walls of PM+M, choosing Kathleen’s piece above all others.

Stephen Anderson, managing partner of PM+M, said: “We launched this project as we felt we would get more exciting pieces than just purchasing art work for our walls. The results were far beyond our expectations.

“It is astounding what the students have come up with in a relatively small amount of time. Kathleen’s piece is incredibly pleasing to the eye and will breathe even more life into our new building.”

Blackburn College’s Chairman of Governors, Sir Bill Taylor, hosted the event and awarded the winning students with cash prizes for their creative efforts.

He said: “Both PM+M and the College teams have worked closely over the past months to make this collaborative event the success that it has been. For more than 120 years the college has been working with great local employers like PM+M to give students every possible opportunity.

“I hope other businesses see the success of this event and approach the college to embark on further joint ventures.”