A brush with art success for Woldgate pupil

Luda Balan is pictured with Linkage Chief Executive Valerie Waby.
Luda Balan is pictured with Linkage Chief Executive Valerie Waby.

A Woldgate School and Sixth Form College pupil has scooped a special regional award for her art.

Luda Balan, 16, from Tibthorpe, won second prize and £75 in the 2016 Linkage ArtBeat Awards for a stunning mosaic which she painted using the brush in her mouth.

Luda was born with arthrogryphosis multiplex congenital – a condition which severely limits the movement of the joints – and, as a result, she is a wheelchair user.

Her work was entered in the competition, run by learning disability charity, Linkage, by her art teacher Karen Draper.

Luda said: “I am very proud to have won this prize. I have long enjoyed art so was delighted that my work has been chosen. I am going to put the money towards buying an iPad, which I can operate using my bottom lip.”

Entries were invited from Yorkshire, for the first time, and the East Midlands for the second annual Linkage ArtBeat Competition, which celebrates art and photography work by students with additional needs.

The top prize in each age category was £100 and Luda’s work was scored highly by the independent judging panel out of more than 200 entries in 2016.

Her prize was presented by Linkage Chief Executive Valerie Waby, who said: “The work by students from across the region was stunning.

“Luda’s mosaic was beautiful and I am not surprised the judges liked it.

“I’m pleased it’s given her the motivation, as that’s what Linkage ArtBeat is all about.”