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Town’s tallest building acts as canvas for Jade’s design

The photograph shows (L-R) Painting and Decorating Lecturer Kevin Hocking, Artist

Jade McCormack, Painting and Decorating students Brandon Mayers, Jordan Lane

and Logan Whitworth.

The photograph shows (L-R) Painting and Decorating Lecturer Kevin Hocking, Artist Jade McCormack, Painting and Decorating students Brandon Mayers, Jordan Lane and Logan Whitworth.

A TEENAGE artist has seen her design being brought to life on the side of Ashington’s tallest building.

Art and design student Jade McCormack’s mural has been painted on the side of Northumberland College’s Ashington campus after she came out on top in a competition to liven up the building.

The competition was launched last year as part of the Dulux ‘Let’s Colour’ project, run by paint company AkzoNobel in association with Groundwork North East, to bring a bit of colour to the town.

Art students were briefed to design an image that made use of bold, vibrant colour linked to heritage, locality and industry, and six pieces of artwork were shortlisted.

The final designs were then put to public vote and, with 416 votes cast, BTEC foundation diploma in art and design student Jade was crowned winner.

The 18-year-old took her inspiration from the Woodhorn Colliery cutter and pit wheel, where her step father works, and designed an image depicting the past, but with a modern twist.

She chose the colours of the Northumberland county flag as the basis for the background.

Jade said: “I was taken aback when I found out my design had been chosen, but delighted because it’s quite an achievement.

“This was the first time I have ever entered a competition for a large scale piece. My family are all proud of me and they are looking forward to driving past and being able to see my work.”

AkzoNobel project director Andy Jackson said: “I was really impressed with the variety and high standard of the students’ entries and was delighted that so many people took part in the voting process.

“Jade’s bold design really does brighten up the college and all the students and staff who have brought this mural to life should be very proud of it.”

Northumberland College is the tallest building in Ashington and the mural will be situated on the south of the main tower block of the college and will measure nearly four metres high and nearly eight metres in length.

 

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