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West Herts Alumna wins at Derwent Art Prize 2020

West Herts College Alumna Faye Bridgwater recently won the People’s Choice Award in the Derwent Art Prize 2020.
After having studied at West Herts College
from 1995-1997, Faye went on to study Sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University
and after a hiatus from the Art world, has rekindled her involvement in the last 3
Faye studied at West Herts College over twenty years ago, but she describes her
time at West Herts as “a brilliant time, instead of being forced to study subjects I
wasn’t interested in, it was just Art all day, every week.” She also believes that
West Herts created the foundation for her career “without West Herts, I would not
be where I am today – the tutors and the work we did gave me the confidence
and the skill to go onto University, I was the first member of my family to go to
university and that was largely thanks to West Herts.”.
In 2019, she featured as a wildcard entrant for Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the
Year, before making the step up and gaining recognition by winning the John
Purcell Paper Prize 2020, and most recently Derwent’s People’s Choice Award.
One of over 4,000 entries, Faye’s work ‘Studying Murmurations’ was shortlisted
and subsequently put to the public. Faye said “I was truly thrilled to win the
People’s Choice Award, it was a fantastic opportunity to enter a prestigious
competition and I’m very glad the public enjoyed my work as much as I enjoyed
creating it.”
Faye is continuing to create beautiful art and you can find more of her work at
If you’re interested in following in Faye’s footsteps into the world of Art, you can
apply here.

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