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Student’s art for political canvassing

Blackpool Sixth Form art student Becca Liversidge (centre) with head of visual arts Elaine Little and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

Blackpool Sixth Form art student Becca Liversidge (centre) with head of visual arts Elaine Little and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden

The Houses of Parliament have been given a Fylde coast inspired mini makeover to breathe some modernity into its centuries old walls.

Blackpool art student Becca Liversidge has had her work unveiled in the Palace of Westminster, after seeing off competitions from hundreds of others to provide pieces to hang in the halls.

The 17-year-old, an A Level art student at Blackpool Sixth Form, yesterday met with education secretary Michael Gove, John Bercow, speaker of the House of Commons, and Blackpool South MP Gordon Marsden at the unveiling in the Upper Waiting Hall.

She said: “It’s crazy to think my work is up in the Houses of Parliament.

“I was really shocked and happy when I found out my work had been chosen.

“This is the first time I’ve had my work displayed, it was just a really surreal experience.

“It was so nice being around other people who enjoy art and getting inspired by their work as everyone’s got different style and technique.”

Her works depict two boats which she had photographed in Lytham, close to her St Annes home, and used loose paints to reimagine.

Head of visual arts at Blackpool Sixth, Elaine Little, who also attended the unveiling, said: “Becca’s work is unique.

“She has created her own creative visual style.

“The piece links strongly with the coastal location of our community.

“The work combines great drawing skills with innovative techniques.”

Becca now hopes to pursue a career in art and photography.

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