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Worcester Fine Art Graduate Appointed Artist in Residence

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A Fine Art graduate from the University of Worcester has been appointed as Artist in Residence at Coughton Court in Warwickshire.

Dawn Harris, who graduates in November with a First Class degree, is looking forward to completing her residency and developing her art practice further.

The 46-year-old, from Studley, has proven her talent by participating in a number of exhibitions.

“I was delighted to be appointed Artist in Residence at Coughton Court,” she said. “The residency gives me the opportunity to continue to develop my art practice whilst still exploring the concept of identity which began when I was studying at the University of Worcester.”

The residency will run until November, and will be followed by an exhibition, To Love and Protect, which will run from the 24th November to 4th December at the National Trust property.

“I am pleased that my role at Coughton Court will not finish with the Residency as I will continue to develop and promote visual arts as part of 'Coughton Arts',” she said. “It would be fabulous to build an artist community where individual artists could explore their different responses to this inspiring place, whilst developing their own practices.”   

Dawn had a career in Human Resources until 2009 when she decided to change her life and start studying what she was really interested in.

Dr James Fisher, Fine Art Course Leader at the University of Worcester, said: “Dawn is a thoughtful and sophisticated artist, who, while a student in Fine Art at Worcester, presented a degree exhibition of the very highest standards.

“We are delighted that Dawn's residency at Coughton Court has been such a success and that a wider audience has had the chance to see her sensitive, compelling work.”        

Dawn’s recent exhibitions include: This is what we like to call OLD SCHOOL, Is Space Studio, Worcester; Flood Alert. Be prepared, The Hive, Worcester; and Arts for Life, The Plough Arts Centre, North Devon.

The talented artist also completed an arts project at St. Mary CE Junior School in Studley. As part of the project the school, the community and the church explored the school’s identity which culminated in a new school banner.

As part of her residency, Dawn is running a blog, which is available at: http://www.dawnharrisatcoughtoncourt.blogspot.co.uk/