Art success for Spen student

WINNER: Francine with art collector Roger Ward after her work was auctioned off.
WINNER: Francine with art collector Roger Ward after her work was auctioned off.
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A YOUNG art student has come top in a prestigious drawing competition.

Fine art degree student Francine Green, 22, from Cleckheaton, won the 2012 Unleashed Best in the North Illustration Awards.

Her fellow Batley School of Art student Jasmine Edwards, 23, from Wakefield, was highly commended.

Francine said: “The competition was suggested to me by my tutors at Batley School of Art as a fantastic chance for final year degree students to get their work into the public arena.

“I was so shocked and overwhelmed to find out I’d been chosen as the overall winner. The competition has reassured me that people understand the wit of my work and has given me a much needed confidence boost, whilst hopefully providing many great opportunities to help me at the start of my career as an illustrator and designer.”

Her work was auctioned off for £700.

Eve Jones, BA hons degree Fine Art for Design award leader, said: “I’m extremely proud of both Jasmine and Francine. This recognition is more than well deserved.

“As fine art for design students, the girls have proven that through the quality of their work they can compete at a very high national level.”