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Newark College presents student with first Alison Caldwell Award for Progress

An art award has been launched in memory of a college lecturer.

The Alison Caldwell Award for Progress at Newark College, which will recognise the dedication and achievements shown by art and design students, has its first winner.

Martyna Wilk was given the inaugural accolade for her hard work, curiosity and imagination, both in her approach to her studies and her pursuits outside of college.

Martyna Wilk (49708175)
Martyna Wilk (49708175)

“I just wasn’t expecting it at all,” Martyna said.

“I met Alison a few times and found her really inspiring.

“My classmates did some great work and even though all our projects were so different, I used to look at theirs and worry mine wasn’t as good.

“It’s good to know that people love what I’ve done too.”

Martyna Wilk’s specialised in interior architecture for her final major project.

She is going on to study the subject further at Nottingham Trent University from September.

She said: “I’ve really enjoyed the course. I got to experiment a lot with photography, print making, drawing and painting before specialising in architecture.

“I’m glad I can take all these new skills with me when I start my degree course, as it will help me think outside the box with my ideas.”

Jill Maynard, head of creative arts for the Lincoln College Group, judged the award along with colleagues and members of Alison Caldwell’s family.

Jill said: “We wanted to recognise the extra effort Martyna has put into her studies over the last two years.

“Not only has she developed her talent and skills in art and studied GCSE in English and maths alongside, but she also has a part-time job and helped organise food parcels during the lockdown.”

Alison Caldwell taught at Newark College for 19 years, inspiring and supporting many students.

“We want to celebrate her love of the arts with this annual award,” said Jill.

“She instilled strong values and standards in her students and encouraged them to be professional and creatively curious.

“She was an important member of the art team at Newark College, and we miss her very much.

“We hope through this award she can continue to be a part of what we do.”

Martyna was given an Amazon voucher and a presentation case containing art materials, to help her when she starts her BA in interior architecture at university.

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