‘Outstanding’ Declan scoops an art award

Published: June 21, 2017
Photo of Declan working on his latest paper-based creation at TCAT

Declan Roberts working on his latest paper-based creation at TCAT

A talented Telford student has put his artistic skills to good use and won a top prize for one of his creations.
Declan Roberts, from Oakengates, is in his second year studying for a BTEC Diploma in Art and Design at Telford College of Arts and Technology.
His tutor, Anna Bartlett, was so impressed with his progress that Declan was one of a group of four students put forward for the Celebrating Shropshire arts exhibition in Shrewsbury.
His wire fox project was a huge hit with the judges, and they awarded him third prize as part of their lecture series called ‘The Local Spot’.
They described it as ‘an outstanding piece of work’ and it was part of the window display at the High Sports store in Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury for several weeks.
The brief was to create a project that reflected the Shropshire Hills, countryside and community, and Declan knew exactly what he wanted to work on.
“As part of a previous project, I had already created a family of dogs and so I decided to choose a wild animal that was commonly seen across Shropshire, and the idea of a wild fox was perfect,” said 17-year-old Declan.
“It was great that the judges were so pleased with my creation, and a real honour to have it featured in a window display as part of the exhibition.
“I’m now planning to construct a bird of prey for the Dyfi Osprey project on the West Wales coastal estuary that will feature in my final major show.”
After Declan completes his BTEC diploma, he is hoping to go on a Foundation Diploma.
Anna Bartlett said: “Declan’s success is a real testament to his efforts and commitment to his course, and his dedication has certainly paid off.
“We’re very proud of the work he’s producing, and we’re looking forward to seeing future creations that he has in the pipeline.”

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