Young artist given a new start in business

Amanda Bradley with her illustrations at the Creative Lodge Church Square Hartlepool
Amanda Bradley with her illustrations at the Creative Lodge Church Square Hartlepool

A CREATIVE young artist’s dreams have come to life after she secured premises to launch her own business.

Cleveland College of Art & Design (CCAD) is giving students the opportunity to secure premises in its latest venture, the Creative Lodge, which is located in Church Square, Hartlepool.

The “incubator units” allow students to rent space, giving them a launch pad for their own enterprises.

Former student Amanda Bradley, 22, pictured right, said: “I was trying to work from home and run my new business from there but it was difficult.

“When I heard about the Creative Lodge, and that it was available for ex-students, I jumped at the chance.”

Amanda studied a Higher National Diploma in graphic design at CCAD in 2006 before gaining a first class degree in the same subject at university.

She added: “I want to focus on editorial and using illustration that informs people and tells a story. I want to do something that means something and increases awareness.

“An illustration can tell so much more than a photo.”

Amanda has successfully carried out work for the NHS and is currently working with a local poet providing illustrations for his work.

Amanda, who lives in the north of the town, said: “Being able to have my own premises is fantastic and it is so reasonable.

“I pay £70 per month and I get to use all the college facilities.

“I am able to use the digital printing equipment and screen printing when I need to and the really good thing is, if I need advice on something, I can still ask the tutors. It is a brilliant arrangement.

“The other good thing is my work could take me throughout the North East or the UK, but it’s great to know I have a really good base to come back to and work from.”

For further details about the Creative Lodge contact (01642) 288888.