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Hunter TAFE’s Advance Diploma student Maisie Neale was awarded the 2016 Newcastle Emerging Artist Prize for her photographic work 'Infection', which combines themes around prosthetics and nature.
 
“I wanted to use things that are familiar and use them in a way to help people see them in a different light,” she said. Maisie, from Tighes Hill, said TAFE helped her develop her creative scope. “When I first went to TAFE I was doing something entirely different – very realistic drawings and photography. Without the resources and teachers that TAFE provides I wouldn’t have been able to develop my style like this.”
 
19-year-old Maisie won $2000 as part of the Prize, which was held at Newcastle Art Space. Later this year Maisie will complete her advance diploma, majoring in sculpture and photography and commence her plans for the future which include, “taking a year off to get a studio and organise a residency in Japan.”
 
Other Hunter TAFE students awarded at the event included Cheridan Chard, who received a Highly Commended for her painting 'Androgyny' and Joel Latta, who received a Commended for his Works On Paper 'Rhinoceros + Giraffe'. Alumnus Ellie Kaufmann was awarded Painting section winner with 'Spaghetti Western'.