Sarah’s festive design chosen for chairman

Student Sarah Jamieson holds a copy of her design with Coun Janet Hunter.
Student Sarah Jamieson holds a copy of her design with Coun Janet Hunter.

A young artist won a festive design competition with her contemporary painting now being used on an official Christmas card.

Sarah Jamieson beat off tough competition to be crowned the winner of the contest with her artistic bauble painting.

The competition to design a Christmas card was open to all those studying on art and graphic design courses run by TyneMet College.

And Sarah’s winning design is now being used by North Tyneside Council chairman Coun Janet Hunter as her official card.

At an awards ceremony held last Wednesday, Coun Hunter praised the young people who had entered the competition and expressed her gratitude for their support.

Coun Hunter said: “I would like to thank all the students from TyneMet College; the designs were of an exceptional high standard and I had a difficult job choosing the winner.

“And congratulations to Sarah – I know her beautiful and contemporary design will bring a lot of festive cheer.”

Sarah, 23, of North Shields, said: “I am so pleased my painting has been turned into the Chair’s official Christmas card; it hasn’t really sunk in that so many people will receive my design.

“It was loads of fun making the card – I put on some Christmassy music and thought about how I could paint something which was a bit more modern, and looked different to traditional cards but still had that festive feel.”

Held at the council’s Quadrant headquarters on Cobalt Business Park, all students who took part in the competition enjoyed a celebration evening with the Chairman and Deputy Chair, Coun Tommy Mulvenna.