The focus is now firmly on Joanne

Photo caption 1  L-R Winner Joanne Oskarsen-Stewart and Quorum's Julie Moorhouse with the winning piece at Baltic'Photo caption 2 - Joanne's winning entry; photo entitled 'another day, another dollar'
Photo caption 1 L-R Winner Joanne Oskarsen-Stewart and Quorum's Julie Moorhouse with the winning piece at Baltic'Photo caption 2 - Joanne's winning entry; photo entitled 'another day, another dollar'
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A TALENTED Morpeth photographer won the opportunity to showcase her very own piece of work at a major art gallery.

Joanne Oskarsen-Stewart, who works at Quorum Business Park in Newcastle, was the winner of its on-site art competition which invited employees to submit an original piece based on the theme Life on Quorum.

Her prize-winning picture was publicly exhibited at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead Quays throughout December and now she has her sights set on a career in photography.

Held in a bid to celebrate the region’s hosting of the prestigious Turner Prize, the competition received a high number of entries, with Baltic director and Turner Prize judge Godfrey Worsdale choosing the winning piece – Joanne’s black and white photo, entitled ‘another day, another dollar’.

The Morpeth resident said: “I’ve been passionate about photography all my life, but have always lacked confidence when it comes to showcasing my work, despite friends and family saying I should go for it.

“Needless to say, winning the competition has been an amazing experience and it has given me the boost I needed to start putting my dreams into practice and begin making moves towards taking up photography professionally.”

The Tesco Bank employee was also given tickets to attend the prestigious Turner Prize Awards ceremony.

Mr Worsdale said: “It was terrific to be involved in the Quorum Business Park art competition.

“It is always fascinating to see how people respond differently to the same artistic challenge and the entrants certainly didn’t disappoint. In her winning photograph, Joanne really captured a great sense of place.”