Two Beaumont College Lancaster students shortlisted in national arts awards

Isabelle Ryder and Bradley Shuttleworth, students at Beaumont College Lancaster, stand next to each other for an outdoor photo.

Two students from Beaumont College, Lancaster, which supports individuals with complex physical needs, are in the running for prizes in a prestigious national arts competition.

Bradley Shuttleworth, 22, and Isabelle Ryder, 20, have been shortlisted in this year’s Unique Art Awards.

Bradley has been recognised in the digital art category, which has the theme Scapes, and Isabelle is shortlisted in the 2D-painter section, which had a focus on Nature.

Bradley’s piece (pictured below) was created on the college’s new iPad Air using an Apple pencil and the design app, Procreate. It depicts the night sky with planets, which he designed from original artwork and digitised using the app.


Bradley Shuttleworth artwork from Beaumont College, shortlisted for National Arts Awards


Isabelle created a four-section painting of trees in the different seasons of the year, using a lot of colour to represent the visual changes (pictured below).


Isabelle Ryder artwork from Beaumont College, shortlisted for National Arts Awards


The Unique Art Awards are for disabled young people, aged seven to 21-years-old, and are financed by the Mouth and Foot Painting Trust Fund.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on September 16.

Both students are hoping to attend the event, along with family and college staff, when they will learn if they have won bronze, silver or gold. Prizes are awarded to the top three entries in each category with gold winners being given up to £600 in vouchers and their college or school being allocated £3,000.

This is the second year running that Beaumont College students have made it to the finals of the competition. Last year students, including Bradley, made their mark, coming away with two silvers, two golds, and an overall Silver.


Chris Lowcock, interim principal of the Slyne Road college, said: “We are very proud of Bradley for making the finals of this competition for the second year running.

“Isabelle also deserves huge congratulations as it is the first year she has done art with us at the college.

“Both their achievements, in making it this far in the competition, are testament to the quality and creativity of their artistic talents.

“Everyone at Beamont College will be rooting for them on September 16.”

Beaumont College is part of Ambito Care and Education, which is a division of Salutem Care and Education.