TEST Valley artist Bridget Dumper was presented with a most prestigious award for her sculpture ‘Family Tree’.

The presentation was made at The Mall Galleries London on Wednesday September 25.

Princess Michael of Kent presented Bridget, who lives and works in Broughton, with the ‘£2000 Society of Women Artists Special Fine Art Award for 2D/3 Work’.

The sculpture is made from fine galvanised wire and stands six feet tall.

This latest sculpture is in a new medium for Bridget, and this is a huge departure from the marble and Zimbabwean Stone sculptures that she used to gain her previous success. She has been experimenting and perfecting her use of this fine wire for the last three years.

When a problem with Bridget’s health caused her to stop making sculpture from the stones from Zimbabwe and marble from Italy, she decided that a complete departure from her previous way of working was the way forward.

Her hard work and dedication to an inspirational idea she wanted to express has paid off in so many ways. Using fine galvanised wire she has been working in this medium

And been reward with this stunning success. The award was decided by by the Director Soroya French and the SWA council.

Bridget went to school in Romsey and taught art at several local schools.

Her first degree was in Fine Art from Farnham College of Art and Design and my second was a Masters of Arts Degree in Sculpture from Winchester School of Art.