In March 2018, Lea a mosaic artist based in Ludgershall, triumphed in the Arts & Culture category. Her passion comes from nature and beauty, allowing a unique and dynamic style of mosaic application.

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Winner: LeaMosaics

Last year, Lea worked on a mosaic more than 17 metres long and 90cm high, with Wellington Academy pupils. The design came from pupils’ thoughts and ideas about what the school means to them. Lea enjoyed seeing how the pupils flourished within the class and how they took ownership of the project, helping each other and the younger pupils. She also worked closely with staff on their input.

Lea was devoted to the project, from design to delivery. Pupils were thoroughly engaged; this was more than just an art class. The mosaic took seven months to complete and is now proudly displayed in the Academy’s entrance hall.

Lea is involved in delivering mosaic classes for dementia sufferers in Tidworth and Ludgershall. She teaches the classes in her own time and provides free materials.

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Second place: Gemma Brunton

Gemma Brunton is a photographer based near Salisbury who specialises in portraiture of babies and children, and in ‘boudoir’ photography, an often misunderstood genre that seeks to allow women to celebrate themselves through stylish and intimate personal portraits.

She also helps women who have been through breast cancer treatment by creating sensitive portraits to help them on the road to emotional recovery. Gemma has a love of photographing children too. One of her projects looks at the concept of girls on the cusp of adulthood.

Third place: Ann Cardew and Helen Look

Ann Cardew and Helen Look have an unusual way of working, creating all their mosaics and works on paper together. An absence of ego means decisions are made for the good of the pieces, which start as a visual record of daily events.

For example, Twickenham Boys references the achievement of Bishop Wordsworth’s School’s 1st XV in reaching the final of the Nat West Cup in 2017. Helen and Ann started working together at art school but studiously avoided an exhibition until 2017: a crowning achievement that raised funds for Salisbury Hospice Charity.

Lea was devoted to the project, from design to delivery and pupils were thoroughly engaged; this was more than just an art class.

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