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Wirral artist wins place in Olympic celebrations
A WIRRAL artist will have her work displayed in London during the Olympic games after winning a national competition.
Catherine Harrison from West Kirby, was among four artists who took part in workshops supported by Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service, shortlisted in the My Place on the Isle competition.
They took place at the Service's Training and Development Academy in Croxteth.
Entrants were asked to capture a snapshot of British Diaspora creative talent in the run-up to the Olympics.
Catherine, 28, won Best British Student category in which her sculpture, Society of Thorns, was shortlisted along with two others.
Her work will be displayed in London's Mica Gallery from July 30 to September 8, coinciding with the Olympic summer.
Catherine, who now lives in the city, said: "I can't believe that I won. It's brilliant.
"It's fantastic and an amazing opportunity. I never thought I would get this opportunity.
"This would not have happened without the help and support of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service.
"In the first workshop we discussed and debated our thoughts on what faith and identity meant to us.
"We talked about our life experiences, which was very interesting, as we were all from different backgrounds.
"There were some amazing artists on our workshops with fascinating stories.
"The second workshop we brought our ideas together for the artwork we wanted to create and discussed those with the group. The third workshop was all about presenting our work."
Catherine has displayed her artwork in Liverpool in June 2011, as part of her foundation degree.
Since graduating she has also displayed her work in a group exhibition in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset.
Speaking about her work being displayed in the Mica Gallery, she said: "It's absolutely amazing. I was blown away when I found out, what an opportunity."
Society of Thorns sees nails driven through a metal bowl.
Catherine said: "Working with the theme of faith and identity has made me question the society we live in today.
"I have tried to harness these feelings by producing this sculpture, speaking about religion and my upbringing."
The winners were selected by judging panel that included Professor Ben Quash, Chair of Christian Art at King's College, Cambridge, Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Chief Art Critic at The Times, Roxane Zand, Director of Middle Eastern Art, Sothebys, and Venetia Porter The British Museum.