Second series of show should be a winner

NRHN 22-06-12 BE 2 Kerry Pratt from Heanor is to appear on a BBC programme.

NRHN 22-06-12 BE 2 Kerry Pratt from Heanor is to appear on a BBC programme.

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An artist from Heanor is to bid to have her work displayed in the Mall Galleries in a Dragons Den style BBC Two show due to air in July.

Kerri Pratt, of Ilkeston Road, went up against a panel of art experts known as the ‘hanging committee’ as part of the filming of Show Me the Monet, which will hit screens on Monday, July 9.

The second series of the show sees 100 creatives from a range of disciplines attempt to wow judges with their art pieces for a prize of having it displayed in the prestigious Westminster galleries.

Mum-of-two Kerri said: “It was a nerve wracking experience and the first opportunity to put my work in front of someone prestigious from the art world.”

But Kerri is forced to remain tight lipped as to whether her pitch to the hanging committee, which includes art expert David Lee, was successful – due to a disclosure agreement with the BBC.

She said: “I like to think I held myself well and had a strong critical conversation with them.”

Kerri, who works from a studio in Derby, was convinced to enter the competition by her husband Lee, after the couple watched the previous series together.

She said: “I watched last year’s series and thought it was fantastic.

“It was like a cross between Dragon’s Den and the X-Factor, but for artists, it had me hooked on a daily basis.

“I made a mental note that I would definitely apply if there was another series, as it would be a great way to get my work in front of a wider audience .”

Her painting, entitled Reconstruct 1, which she describes as an abstract painting inspired by travel and encounters with new places, made the shortlist from 3,000 hopeful entrants .

Kerri, 44, and who has a 19-year-old son Kyle and a 15-year-old daughter Holli, previously worked in retail and still has a part time job at Derby College in Ilkeston.

But she decided to pursue her lifelong love of art by going back to college to take an A - Level art course.

She then went on to take a three-year fine art degree at the University of Derby .

“It’s something I had always been passionate about since I was very young,” she said. “But I never felt like I had the opportunities to do it when I was younger.”

“I’ve definitely got more of a future now –I’m quite ambitious about what I’m going to be doing.”

To see more of Kerri’s work head to her website: www.axisweb.org/artist/kerripratt.