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Poppy Cookson

Aspiring artist Poppy is inspired by The Lake District landscape

Published on: Monday 1st August 2016
Categorised under: Learn , Barrow, Barrow Sixth Form College, College, Culture, Education, Stay, University of Cumbria

Poppy Cookson, 19, who studies at Barrow Sixth Form College, is from Bootle

Aspiring artist Poppy plans to study at the University of Cumbria after receiving her A-levels.

The ambitious student is inspired by the beautiful landscape in The Lake District and is keen to develop her creative talents in Cumbria.


Poppy lives in the village of Bootle, close to the West Cumbrian coastline. She enjoys living close to The Lake District, a place which inspires a lot of her artwork.

“A lot of my work revolves around The Lakes,” she said. “I do lots on nature and etchings of trees, which I’ve sold.

“People often think that if you’re an up-and-coming artist, you need to be in a city where it’s all going on, but I don’t really see it like that. I can be successful as an artist in Cumbria.

“I want to live close to my family, so moving to Carlisle to study at the University of Cumbria is a great option for me.

“Carlisle feels like a city, but it also has a nice, homely feel to it – and it’s just up the coast from my family in Bootle.”


Poppy has studied for her A-levels and a foundation degree in art at Barrow Sixth Form College and plans to study Fine Art at the University of Cumbria from September.

“I went to Millom School but I wanted to experience something different and meet new people, so I chose Barrow Sixth Form College,” she said.

“I didn’t know what I wanted to do by the end of my second year, so it made sense to carry on and do my foundation degree in art.

“The teachers at Sixth Form are really friendly and I’ve had a really good support system.

“They encouraged me to explore all my options and I’ve chosen to study for a degree at the University of Cumbria. The equipment and studio spaces are great there, and the campus in Carlisle has everything I was looking for.

“I think people are feeling quite nervous about getting their A-level results, but I know I’ve worked really hard so I think it’ll be ok.”


Poppy hopes to forge a career as a successful artist and is keen to see where a degree in Fine Art from the University of Cumbria will take her.

“I like selling my artwork and doing commissions, so maybe I’ll get my own studio when I leave university or I might go on to do a Masters degree,” she said.

“There are lots of opportunities in the area so I could change my mind in the future, but I see myself having a career as an artist.

“I’m looking forward to seeing where my degree takes me.”

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