Metal worker Callum likes to think big

By Lucy Todman | Education | Published:

A young metal sculptor who attended Shrewsbury College, has won an Arts Bursary worth £2,000 in a competition organised by the Shrewsbury Decorative and Fine Arts Society (SDFAS).

Callum Blees

Callum Blees, 19, from Llandrindod, Powys, won against very stiff competition in a field full of talented young Shropshire artists. Since finishing his full time course, Callum decided to stay on and continue to study a part-time welding course at Shrewsbury College, whilst he gained experience at Gofannon Forge in Rhayader, Mid-Wales, where he showed initiative and flare.

Briony Cooper, SDFAS committee member, said: “He is a young man with an astonishing talent and a great future ahead of him. He has a creative mind and thinks big. We are looking forward to hearing how he has benefited from this award.”

Callum said: “I wouldn’t have got to where I am if it wasn’t for my tutors at Shrewsbury College – they let me try out my unique ideas and helped me to think independently. I wouldn’t have won the award if it wasn’t for them.”

Callum will be taking up a place at Hertfordshire University to study Model Design (Character and Creative Effects) in 2018.

Lucy Todman

By Lucy Todman

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star and Shrewsbury Chronicle based in Shrewsbury.


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