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As one window closes, another opens for art exhibition

A talented art student has scooped a People’s Choice award after people flocked to see a range of artwork at a contemporary new home in Lancaster.

Housebuilder Redrow hosted the ‘home’ themed art exhibition in one of their new Abode homes on New Quay Road. And it was Ellisha Richardson, 17, who was awarded the popular vote, and £50 of vouchers for art supplies, for her work, appropriately titled ‘Windows of Lancaster’.

Ellisha, who is from Lancaster and is studying on the first year of the two year University of the Arts Extended Diploma in Art & Design course, said: “I’m thrilled to have won the People’s Choice award and I’ve already used the vouchers to buy more brushes and watercolours so I can carry on doing what I love to do. The opportunity to have my work displayed to the public in a new home was amazing!”

Thirty students from Lancaster and Morecambe College took part in the project which also saw three other students awarded 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for their work at a private viewing.

Euan Chick from Morecambe came first and won and £100 worth of vouchers, Fae Clementson Sharples from Arnside came second receiving £75 worth and Faye Catlow from Lancaster was awarded third place and £50 in vouchers. All of the vouchers were donated by Redrow.

Lesley Myers, area sales manager for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), worked with the college to create the exhibition. She said: “The exhibition was a great success and we’re amazed by all the local talent. It’s great to be able to support something like this and we hope it’s an event that the students will remember as a highlight of their course.

“The artwork blended perfectly with the style of Abode homes as they are very contemporary in their design with virtually all of the ground floor offering sociable, open plan living space. As such it was ideal as a gallery. It’s also very fitting that Ellisha won her award for a piece entitled ‘Windows of Lancaster’!” she added.

For those who didn’t get to see the art work, there is another window of opportunity as it will be exhibited again as part of the Lancaster & Morecambe College’s annual end of year show which showcases the work of the art, design, media and music students. The show will be open to the public in the art and design department from June 27 to July 7.

The work will also be offered for sale, with some of the proceeds going to The Trussell Trust Food Bank in Morecambe.

For more information on the Abode homes available call 01524 925797 or go to www.redrow.co.uk/abodelancaster.

Redrow was established in 1974. Today, it is one of the most successful and acclaimed property developers in the UK, building around 5,000 premium quality family homes a year in prime locations across England and Wales. Over Redrow’s history spanning more than 40 years, it has earned a unique reputation for quality and building beautiful homes, which people love to live in. To help achieve this it also focusses on two other key areas: valuing people and creating outstanding locations. Implementing its strategy whilst engaging with colleagues and stakeholders helps Redrow deliver significant value to investors and the wider community. Redrow is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index. For the year ended 30th June 2016, the Group reported record revenues of £1.38 billion. Redrow has been awarded the ‘Best Large Housebuilder’ title twice in the last three years at the What House? Awards. This year, Redrow was named as a UK Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer for the fourth consecutive year. Visit redrow.co.uk for more details.