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Published 9th Aug 2011

Cleveland College of Art & Design student Natasha Gass, 17, of Middlesbrough, receives her award from Cleveland Art Society pres

A creative designer’s talent for the dark arts has seen her honoured with a prestigious award.

Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) student Natasha Gass was presented with the Harry Loraine Award for most promising student, at Cleveland Art Society’s summer exhibition, by society president Ian Lankford.

Natasha, 17, of Middlesbrough, whose drawings of gothic and horror images unanimously impressed the judging panel, also collected an art voucher for £125 from Hobson’s Art and Craft Shop, Middlesbrough.

Judge and chairman of Cleveland Art Society Janet Waller said: “Harry Loraine was a prominent member of the society who set up a legacy to encourage the talent of young artists in the region.

“This is the 11th year that the award has been given and Natasha’s work really shone out as being a worthy winner. Everything about her presentation was first class.”

Four finalists for the award were selected by CCAD tutors and presented to the Art Society judges at the college’s annual summer graduation show.

Fellow artistic judge and former CCAD mature student Sandra Hill said: “All of the students’ work was of an extremely high standard and each showed strong points in their representations, but Natasha’s work was truly outstanding. I am sure that we will hear a lot more about her in the future.”

Design craft student Natasha, who hopes to go on to study commercial photography at CCAD, added: “Not many people focus on the dark side of art so I was incredibly flattered to have my work noticed by the society, especially as it is a little bit weird.

“I have always had a great love of art and, with CCAD being right on my doorstep and one of only three remaining art colleges in the country, it was an obvious choice for me to go there.

“Winning this award makes me feel really proud and part of the real art community in Cleveland.”

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Photo caption: Cleveland College of Art & Design student Natasha Gass, 17, of Middlesbrough, receives her award from Cleveland Art Society president Ian Lankford

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