Former Shrewsbury College Student Wins Art Award

A young metal sculptor, educated at Shrewsbury College, has won an Arts Bursary worth £2000 in a competition organised by the Shrewsbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SDFAS).

Callum Blees, 19, from Llandrindod, Powys, won against very stiff competition in a field full of talented young Shropshire artists. Having completed his Level 3 Art & Design course at Shrewsbury College and with support from the Art & Design tutors on his Art Foundation Course - Callum decided to stay on and continue to study a part-time welding course, whilst gaining experience at Gofannon Forge in Rhayader, Mid-Wales, where he showed real initiative and flare.

Briony Cooper, SDFAS committee member, said: “He is a young man with an astonishing talent and a great future ahead of him. He has a creative mind and thinks big! We are looking forward to hearing how he has benefited from this award.”

Callum said: “I wouldn’t have got to where I am if it wasn’t for my tutors at Shrewsbury College – they let me try out my unique ideas and helped me to think independently. I wouldn’t have won the award if it wasn’t for them!”

John O'Connell, Curriculum Lead for Creative Arts & Media at Shrewsbury College, said: “We are delighted with Callums’ achievement in successfully winning the Arts Bursary with the Shrewsbury Decorative & Fine Arts Society (SDFAS). We have a good working relationship with those at the SDFAS and the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies - we look at giving our students every opportunity to be ambitious and we aim to further their career with our help and support.”

Callum will be taking up a place at Hertfordshire University to study Model Design (Character and Creative Effects) in 2018.

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