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Inspiring artist Kasia picks up community award at show

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Photo: (l to r) Wrexham MP Ian Lucas, Kasia Pikula and Professor Estelle Thompson, head of media, arts and design at Glyndŵr University

June 8 2015

An artist who developed a concept for an app to encourage young people in Wrexham to eat healthily has won a community award.

25-year-old Kasia Pikula, from Poland, created visuals and a story for the interactive game while completing a 12-week placement studying graphic design at Glyndŵr University.

Based around the life of a character called Tommy the Killer, pupils had to act as detectives in the app, rewarded with prizes to spend on healthy food options in their school canteen and nearest shops.

Kasia, who studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, received a community award supported by the Ramada Plaza Wrexham for the project.

She was presented with the accolade by Wrexham MP Ian Lucas at the launch of Glyndŵr University’s Final Year Degree Show.

The idea was developed after speaking to Wrexham school pupils aged 11 to 15 and Wrexham Council’s social work team.

Kasia said: “I’ve worked with children before and they’ve always been very intelligent, sarcastic and critical – and in the case of healthy eating, it’s an issue which we can change their attitude to with a positive outcome.

“I was totally surprised and didn’t expect the award but it was nice to be appreciated after all the hard work.”

Kasia is staying in the UK until September to gain work experience, combining this with work as a freelance graphic designer.

Pauline Amphlett, senior lecturer in graphic design at Glyndŵr University, said: “Although she was only with us for 12 weeks Kasia brought energy, enthusiasm and community spirit which inspired all of the other students here.

“Kasia has been a breath of fresh air to work with and her strong art direction skills were extremely useful in promoting the degree show.”

Glyndŵr University’s Final Year Degree Show marked the culmination of students’ three years of study at the North Wales School of Art and Design.

The free exhibition was open to the public and featured work from animation and game art; design and applied arts; film and photography; fine art; graphic design and multimedia; illustration, graphic novels and children’s publishing.

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