St Mary’s student wins Thomas Devlin bursary award

Katie pictured  receiving her award from BBC journalist and weather presenter Barra Best.
Katie pictured receiving her award from BBC journalist and weather presenter Barra Best.

Derry born budding artist Katie Duddy is celebrating after receiving a Thomas Devlin award at the MAC in Belfast at the weekend. A student at St Mary’s College, 18 year-old Katie has been involved in cinematic and script-writing since 2013 and studied A-Level Moving Images arts. Katie’s £1,750 bursary will allow her to purchase the professional equipment she needs to progress through her career and attend an accredited BFI script-writing residential in London.

Katie said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive a Thomas Devlin bursary. The money will allow me to buy the equipment I need to progress with my art studies and share my passion with others. “I aim to become a leading figure in new media and film in the city and hope to work in the film industry. In the meantime, I aim to commit time to the local community by running a workshop in St Mary’s College on the theme of ‘Our Bright Future’.”

Each year the Thomas Devlin Awards celebrate and support young local talent in the Creative Arts and Music. In 2015, the awards focused on visual arts and 5 young people are being recognised for their achievements and dedication to the arts. ”

Eamon Donaghy, Communications and Fund Development Manager at the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland, said: “Katie is an inspiration to her generation and the Community Foundation is proud to work alongside the Thomas Devlin Fund in helping young people like her to access life-changing opportunities.