Huddersfield New College has revealed that two students studying A Level Fine Art have both been awarded the prestigious Hamer Award prize by the Huddersfield Art Society. 

Following nominations, winners Macy Austin and Reuben Laycock joined the Art Society’s awards ceremony to talk about their work, the inspiration behind their creations and their passion for art on Saturday 8th February. Following this, the nominees enjoyed a presentation of 'Brusho' by Angie Newington-Wake of Calder Graphics.

Macy was nominated for her superb grasp of classical technique both in painting and traditional drawing, and how she combines this with non-traditional media. As an empathic artist, Reuben was nominated for his work exploring the human condition through drawing, and how he has closely observed the way people move through towns and cities, taking photographs and drawing life as he sees it. 

Many students studying Art based subjects at HNC progress to careers in the industry and the College works closely with a range of organisations including the Art Society who have visited College to speak to students about the work they do, and their own individual artistic passions.

Lydia Green, Head of Art and Design comments: “As a department we would like to congratulate both Macy and Reuben on winning these well deserved prizes. The Huddersfield Art Society is all about the appreciation of art, and I was immensely proud to hear more about how both of our students talked so eloquently and passionately about their specialisms and love of art. Both Macy and Reuben are continuing to progress in field and will study arts based subjects at a degree level. As a College we look forward to seeing their talents and passion continuing to develop and we are sure they will succeed in their chosen specialisms.” 

David Whiting, who organised the awards process says: “Macy and Reuben did really well on Saturday and everyone was impressed by their work and presentations.”