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Rugby branch showcases teenager’s T-Rex art

A textile dinosaur created by a Rugby High School for Girls pupil who won the top prize in a Rugby Festival of Culture exhibition is on display in the window of the North Street branch of Hinckley & Rugby.

The Society sponsored the Festival’s summer Aiming High exhibition and later invited 16-year-old Katie Woodcock to loan Terry the T-Rex to its Rugby branch until Christmas.

(L-r) Marketing & PR Manager Stewart Heeley, winning student Katie Woodcock and Rugby High School deputy head Mark Grady meet Terry the T-Rex!

Katie created the felt dinosaur for her GCSE textiles course and it helped her achieve a highest possible grade 9 and was then the star of the show for talented young artists in the Floor One Gallery at Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

Stewart Heeley, Hinckley & Rugby’s marketing & PR manager, said:

“Terry is a wonderful creation and we are very pleased to be providing a showcase for Katie’s innovative and talented work in our North Street branch.

“It is sure to be a real talking point for our customers of all ages when they visit the branch. Supporting the Aiming High exhibition and the wider Rugby Festival of Culture is a highlight of our community links in Rugby and it’s lovely to see its impact across the year.”

Katie, who is now studying for her A levels at Rugby High School for Girls, said:

“My project’s theme was ‘mystery and imagination’ so I initially decided to look into bones. My textiles teacher and I then decided to develop that into dinosaurs. I made it by wet felting wool and shaping and moulding the individual pieces and stitching them together.

“I was quite shocked but excited when I’d found out I had won the competition, I wasn’t expecting it. It’s nice to know that having put so many hours of work into it, other people liked him too.”

Rugby High School deputy head teacher Mark Grady said:

“Katie’s work has always been creative, brave, intricate and sophisticated. We’re so pleased with her success in this competition and look forward to seeing what creative project is next for her.”

Councillor Sebastian Lowe, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for growth and investment, said:

“I’d like to offer huge congratulations to Katie for her winning entry to the Aiming High exhibition, which again showcased the number of talented young artists we have in the borough.

“Through Hinckley & Rugby Building Society’s support of the exhibition, Katie’s work can now be enjoyed by an even wider audience while it’s on display.”

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