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Scaffolder from Plymouth becomes award-winning artist

06 February 2020

"It is never too late to follow your dreams, as scaffolder-turned-artist Philip Battley knows well.

The 42-year-old is a mature student at Plymouth College of Art and has just had his work included in a London exhibition after winning a prestigious art award.

Philip saw his piece ‘Stand’ displayed at Trinity Buoy Wharf in London after receiving the Student Award at the Trinity Buoy Wharf Drawing Prize.

He always wanted to study art but life got in the way and he took up a trade after leaving school but decades later he has won the competition and scooped £2,000 for his drawing.

It was a tough period in Philip’s life that led to him finally making an ambition come to life.

He said: “I always wanted to go to the art college ever since I was a kid but I left school and became a scaffolder. I got into a trade and have done that for 15 years." Jak Ball Plymouth Live

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