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Emerging artist secures Curtin scholarship

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Hayley Fletcher’s passion for the arts has been rewarded with a prestigious Curtin University of Technology scholarship.

The Albany resident, who will study fine arts at Curtin, has been awarded the Hazel Hawke Scholarship.

Ms Fletcher said she was honoured to receive the scholarship and looked forward to becoming a professional artist.

“I have always been interested in art. I can remember when I was about four, I had been to playgroup and I had a huge drawing that I couldn’t wait to show my mum. I was so proud of it – nothing has changed,” she said.

“I hope to push my work to a new level at Curtin by honing my concepts and practical art skills.”

Prior to enrolling at Curtin, Ms Fletcher studied visual art and craft at TAFE in Albany and has always been actively involved in the local art scene.

“I have exhibited in many group art exhibitions and contributed to community projects,” she said.

“I am particularly passionate about raising awareness of issues related to family, youth and the environment and conveying this message through art.

“I aim to finish my art degree and gain a teaching qualification so that I can travel Australia and other countries and share in the exchange of cultural ideas and experience through art.”

The annual Hazel Hawke scholarship is for female mature age students who demonstrate a commitment to community and social issues. It covers student fees each year plus a $2,000 cash payment per annum to assist with other expenses.

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