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‘Life-Changing’ University Centre Experience for Martin

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A University Centre at Blackburn College student has had work published in Dwell Time – an award-winning, not-for-profit arts publication reflecting on mental wellbeing.

Martin Gillbanks, who studies Fine Art at the University Centre, has agoraphobia and dyslexia and never believed he would ever go to university.

However, Martin’s attendance on a Blackburn College art hobby course opened up doors to opportunities he didn’t think were possible.

Through the hobby course he met BA (Hons) Fine Art Lecturer Jamie Holman, who recommended Martin enrol onto the degree at the College’s University Centre.

Since then, Martin hasn’t looked back. He has exhibited work in London and had his work published in Dwell Time.

“I hated school and I worked as a joiner for many years. I have to say – the University Centre at Blackburn College has changed my life,” said Martin.

“Studying BA (Hons) Fine Art has totally changed the way I look at myself. I no longer feel stupid and it has given me the validation and confidence to achieve something.

“I can’t quite believe my written work has been published, especially considering the fact I’m dyslexic. I have to thank Kinga and Tracy from the Disability Advice Service for helping me achieve.”

Dwell Time is produced and curated by Alice Bradshaw, Vanessa Haley and Lenny Szrama in collaboration with Penistone Line Partnership. Founded in 2018, it is funded by Penistone Line Partnership, ACORP, Northern and CrossCountry.

The University Centre at Blackburn College is currently taking applications for September 2020. Prospective students are advised to visit www.blackburn.ac.uk to make an application.

6 Mar 2020, 10:20 AM