Havering art student, 70, will feature in London exhibition

A 70-year-old art student who got a first class BA Hons degree in fine art is to have her work featured in an exhibition showcasing excellence in printmaking.

The Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers has selected an artist’s book of prints produced by Yvonne Jones for the RE Open show at the Bankside Gallery, in London, from August 17 to September 2.

Human rights and women’s rights are a central theme to her work.

Retired school teacher Yvonne, of Kelvedon Hatch, Brentwood, has been a student at Havering College, Hornchurch, for eight years progressing from A-level art to HNC, HND and her BA.

She studied at the Ardleigh Green Campus Centre of Creative Arts which is celebrating Artsmark Gold status from Arts Council England.

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She said: “I have to say my lecturers Chris Stevens and Sue Withers were amazing and the technicians were very supportive.”

Yvonne, 70, a mother-of-three and grandmother-of-seven, said: “I had never done art but I had always wanted to. I am older and I especially hope it is inspirational to other women. You are never too old to learn new things.”

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