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Woman achieves her dream of becoming an artist after gaining a master's degree aged 67

A woman who excelled at art at school but was not allowed to pursue it as a career has now gained a master’s degree in fine art ­— at the age of 67.

Katherine Hyman, who went to the Lilley and Stone Girls’ High School, Newark, now lives in Norwich, where she has studied.

She was reminded of her school days when a friend sent her a copy of a recent Advertiser story that featured some of her former classmates having a reunion.

Katherine Hyman (18102472)
Katherine Hyman (18102472)

Katherine’s father had a chiropody practice in Newark, and the family used to live in the town and also in Averham.

Katherine said she always loved art as a child, and was encouraged in it by teachers.

She said: “I used to work on sculptures, models and ceramics as often as possible and won the Oliver Quibell senior art prize for 1967-8.”

Katherine Hyman (18102469)
Katherine Hyman (18102469)

On leaving school she was offered a place at Lincoln Art College, but her father would not allow her to go.

“Subsequently, my life took a different path,” she said.

Katherine trained as a hairdresser, and combined work with being a single parent to daughter Emily, now 44.

She moved to Norfolk and worked as a full-time hairdressing lecturer for 15 years.

She continued to take an interest in various forms of art, and in 2006 moved to Norwich where, after gaining confidence at a portraiture class, applied to Norwich University College of the Arts.

“I was offered an unconditional place and attended a full-time undergraduate course for three years, graduating in 2012.

In 2012 she was runner-up in The Bishop’s Art Prize with an installation called Angels, which hung from a beam in the ceiling of Norwich Cathedral’s visitor and education centre, The Hostry.

In 2015 Norwich University of the Arts celebrated 170 years as an art school, and Katherine’s BA degree show, NewLight (2012), a series of coloured fluorescent lights, was exhibited.

“Beyond my wildest dreams I have now gained a master’s degree in fine art at NUA, where I have been studying industrial buildings in the Norfolk countryside.

Katherine’s final MA show comprised two paintings in acrylics on board, Cement Factory and Façade. Façade was chosen for the latest NUA alumni newsletter.

“Hopefully I will continue painting, and I look forward to the next challenge in my life,” she said.


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