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UCLan students recognised for artistic talents

Posted on - 24th June, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News, UCLan, University
The Lancashire Arts Festival Awards winners
The Lancashire Arts Festival Awards winners

Artistic students from the University of Central Lancashire have been recognised for their talents at the Lancashire Arts Festival Awards.

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Final year students received awards in 15 creative disciplines including architecture, design, fine art, fashion, global studies, languages, media and performance.

The awards were handed to Tyler Best, Jemma Dixon, Kelly Graves, Sara Louise Hood, Holly Hughes, Natalie Jeffers, Anna James, Alex (Lexi) Murrant, Arrooj Nawaz, Muhammad Yaseen Patel, Daniel Smith, Sam Smith, Rainer Townend, Enzo Vellin, Samuel Graham Williams Joy and (Diana) Ya Wang.

L-R UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas, theatre student Kelly Graves and Bev Wood from Beverley Wood Design and Creative Lancashire
L-R UCLan Vice-Chancellor Professor Mike Thomas, theatre student Kelly Graves and Bev Wood from Beverley Wood Design and Creative Lancashire

Theatre student Kelly Graves was awarded the Performance (Acting and Theatre) Award. She said, “My final piece of work combined martial arts training with performance theatre in an East meets West project. This award means the world to me and it’s events like this that make you feel like all the hard work was worthwhile.”

The awards ceremony was sponsored by Creative Lancashire, Lancashire County Council’s team dedicated to raising the profile of creative industries in the area.

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Creative Lancashire’s Creative Director, Bev Wood, who presented the awards, saidL “The nominees have done a phenomenal job and all deserve to be here. Businesses need innovators and these students have passion and value to take with them beyond university into industry. I wish them every success.”

UCLan Vice Chancellor Professor, Mike Thomas, said: “These awards are now in the seventh year and I’m delighted that so many of our awards winners are now playing key roles in furthering the success story of the UK’s creative industries.”

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