Rhiann Celebrates Win

James Surtees Rhiann Iglesias Tim FosterRhiann has designs on success as she wins Young Painter regional competition

South Leicestershire College student, Rhiann Iglesias, is celebrating after winning the regional heat of the Johnstone’s 2015 Young Painter of the Year competition.

The event, which was held at the College’s South Wigston site, saw 20 students from across the region, undertaking technical challenges to put their painting and decorating skills to the test. 

Image (left to right): James Surtees - Johnstone’s, Rhiann Iglesias – competition winner, Tim Foster – SLC Programme Leader

Competition judge, James Surtees, Technical Applications Consultant at Johnstone’s, which is part of PPG Industries, said: “The competition is a great way to showcase the talent of young painters and decorators. It gives us at Johnstone’s the opportunity to invest in the next generation.” 

The students, all studying Level 1 or 2 Painting and Decorating courses or Apprenticeships, had just 6 hours to turn their brief into a real work of art, using industry standard equipment and tools, stencils and Johnstone’s Trade Paint.

Paul Thornewell, Painting & Decorating lecturer at the college, said:

“The students have worked hard and the quality of work being showcased was outstanding. It’s a testament to the commitment to their courses and their talent.”

After intense competition, Rhiann Iglasias of South Leicestershire College, took home the top prize of £100.

Rhiann was thrilled to have won the heat and said: “It was a little bit stressful but I stayed calm and worked through the design. I’m really happy to have won and I am looking forward to the final, although I am a bit nervous as I know it is going to be an even more technical design! I’m glad my hard work over the last two years has paid off.”

Peter McParland, Technical Applications Consultant at Johnstone’s Paints, who was one of the judges said: “The heat was one of the closest so far, the standard was high across the board and shows the real talent there is coming through into the industry.”

Rhiann will now be heading off to the National Finals at the Painting & Decorating Show at the Ricoh Arena, 1– 2 December 2015. 


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