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Kathryn Lean Announced As Winner Of 2020 Carol Duval Memorial Award

The winner of the Hunter TAFE Foundation 2020 Carol Duval Memorial Award for Painting was announced today granting a deserving TAFE NSW Hunter Street student $1,000 in prize money.


Kathryn Lean was awarded the prize after being judged by a panel of four against 17 other finalists. Ms Lean is studying a Diploma of Visual Arts at TAFE NSW and will graduate later this year.

Ms Lean said she was delighted to have won the award and plans to put the money towards further education in the arts.

“I didn’t seeing myself going on to study an Advanced Diploma when I started my studies but I have enjoyed my time at TAFE NSW so much and learnt more than I thought I could. My teachers have been unbelievably supportive. This prize money is going to go a long way in assisting me to further my education.”

“I wasn’t expecting to win considering the standard of work which all the other finalists submitted. My inspiration was finding beauty in the mundane which I think the pandemic has taught many people to do this year.”

The Carol Duval Memorial Award is generously provided by the Duval family, in memory of Carol Duval, a former fine arts teacher at TAFE NSW Hunter Street.

The award provides support and encouragement to an outstanding student who is currently enrolled in the Diploma of Visual Art (Painting) or Advanced Diploma of Visual Arts.

Hunter TAFE Foundation president Gary Webb said, “Over the past 20 years the Hunter TAFE Foundation, through the generosity of our donor partners, has contributed significant financial assistance to local students to assist them with their TAFE NSW studies.”

“The Carol Duval Award gives students a head start on their career in fine arts. The award recognises and celebrates the recipients’ resilience, determination and commitment to further education. A big congratulations to Kathryn, she is a deserving recipient.”

For more information about TAFE NSW courses, please visit or call 131 601.

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