Student artist’s brush with success

Release Date: 7 June 2016

Among the award-winning D&A College students who crossed the stage at the Gardyne Theatre for the annual prize-giving ceremony on Tuesday, June 7, were some remarkable students who not only excelled in their subject but pushed themselves just that little bit harder.

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Nicky Wilkie at the prize-giving ceremony (Ron Cathro)

This group included a woman who balanced an unconventional job, bringing up a teenage son, a full-time college course – and homework four evenings a week.

Nicky Wilkie, who was awarded the Success Prize for Outstanding Commitment, freely admits to being a bit of a workaholic but points out:

“I might have set myself homework for four nights a week but you don’t return to college in your forties to mess around.”

Much of Nicky’s drive stems from her love of art, yet she left school at 16 with only a couple of O Grades, one of them in art.

“I’ve had a variety of jobs over the years but was delighted when I was employed by environmental project, Dightyconnect, in 2012, to deliver outdoor art projects designed to help people reconnect with nature,” said the Dundee resident.

“Two years into the job and I decided to enroll on the HND contemporary art practice at D&A College, I know it might be tough but I craved some sort of official certification for my art work and they only route was college.

“I set my own standards very high but, while it was hard work, it was also very rewarding.”

A total of 200 proud parents, family and friends gathered in the Gardyne Theatre at D&A College on to applaud more than 100 prize-winning students.

In a glittering ceremony – with 88 prizes up for grabs – Principal Grant Ritchie, along with sponsors from industry and commerce, presented the awards to the students.