Brighter future for artistic Hartlepool mum

COLLEGE student Kathleen Sowerby
COLLEGE student Kathleen Sowerby

AN unemployed mum is opening doors to a new life after discovering her hidden artistic talents.

Just one year ago, Kathleen Sowerby, 33, of Hartlepool, was unable to leave her home after suffering debilitating health problems.

With limited qualifications, Kathleen’s job prospects looked bleak but that’s when she was told about an access course to higher education at Cleveland College of Art & Design’s Middlesbrough Campus.

And after successfully completing the course, she is now looking at a much brighter future.

Kathleen told the Mail: “This time last year I hadn’t left the house for a year and a half. My health was suffering and my confidence was at rock bottom. I knew I needed to do something.”

But a talent from Kathleen’s past helped her to re-find herself.

She said: “The Job Centre told me about the access course here at Cleveland College of Art & Design, and because I had always enjoyed drawing as a teenager I decided to give it a go.”

The college’s one-year Access Course to Higher Education is designed to give opportunities to mature students, over the age of 19.

It also gives them a chance to gain a qualification to progress to a wide range of degrees and higher courses.

The qualification can lead to opportunities at university including fashion, illustration, interior design, fine art, applied arts, entertainment design crafts, textiles and surface design and film and TV production.

Kathleen added: “I can’t believe the change in me since coming here. I’ve found it so liberating and it’s given me back the confidence that was missing for such a long time.

“The tutors are great and everyone is so friendly. From thinking I had no prospects I’m now looking to take a degree in illustration at CCAD’s university level campus in Hartlepool – it feels like I’ve got my life back.”

For more information on joining the Access to HE course in Art, call (01642) 288888.