Budleigh art student wins art prize for lung cancer campaign prints

PUBLISHED: 08:00 01 July 2018

Lacey Gwen Drake being presented with her award by David James, the University of Worcester’s Subject Leader for Digital Arts.

Lacey Gwen Drake being presented with her award by David James, the University of Worcester’s Subject Leader for Digital Arts.


A Budleigh Salterton student has won a prestigious award for artwork which is inspired by her grandmother who suffered with cancer.

Lacey Gwen Drake, who also went to Exmouth Community College, was awarded the professional practice prize as part of the University of Worcester’s Degree Show.

The 22-year-old, who has recently completed a creative digital media degree at the West Midlands university, hopes her lung cancer print campaign called I Can’t Be will inspire early diagnosis of the disease in the over 50s.

Speaking of her grandmother’s battle with cancer, Lacy said: “It was an emotional and devastating time for the family.

“This was my way of creating a piece of graphic using family members as a motivator that would help others to know the suffering family members go through during this time.

“I hope during this project I created a series of posters that created a different kind of motivation that would prove more effective and help stop the rise in late lung cancer diagnosis.”

The awards are designed to recognise art students on various courses at the university, who have exhibited some of the pieces of work they created during their studies.

Lacey added: “I was so grateful that my hard work and dedication to the show was recognised.

“I never wished to be awarded for these efforts, but it was a lovely surprise.”

Lacey, who is hoping to work as a graphic designer or art director.

She has also worked on a project involving photographs of canal boats taken during a family holiday in North Wales, where she encountered people who spend their life travelling the water ways.

The project was designed to show the difference in people’s lifestyles.

“I want to show different perspectives and I constantly question beauty and perfection within my work,” she said.

Lacey also paid tribute to the staff at the university for ‘the endless amount of dedication to each student’.

She said: “I would like to express how helpful and incredible the staff at the university have been at helping me to excel in every possible way.”

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