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Zac Cummings

Zac is 14 and attends Hastings High School in Burbage, Leicestershire. With help from his Mum, Zac applied to the Creator Fund in November 2011 for £250 to pay for paint, canvasses and hire of exhibition space.

Project: The Creator Fund

Young Ambassadors Leicester Shire

"Art… gives me great confidence. I am dyslexic and dyspraxic and find that art does not have any boundaries. I plan to go on to be a graphic designer of some sort, so feel I need to explore as many avenues of my creative side as possible.

I would love the opportunity to develop my skills … as I really enjoy doing art and I am currently doing my silver Arts Award, which is great. I feel I can cope with a further challenge and develop my knowledge further.

I would like to challenge myself… by working with Winsome Ruddock… who is a Community artist based in Burbage… I have already helped Winsome out on some of her art workshops with younger children … and have found that [it] has given me the confidence to work with disabled children…"

The Young Ambassadors felt that Zac had clearly demonstrated how the money from the Creator Fund would make a real difference to his life and help him to ‘take the next step’. He had three pieces accepted for the Summer Exhibition at the Ten 2 Gallery in Hinckley and organised a solo show at Hinckley Library between 5 July and 13 August 2010. For a family interactive day on Saturday 10 July, Zac came up with the idea of producing a 'Community Canvas' encouraging others to have a go at his style of art and he also displayed his work at The British Dyslexia Association's Open Day in Leicester. He wasn asked to extend this work with an exhibition during the British Dyslexia Association’s national awareness week.

Zac's incredible year continued when the Mayor of Hinckley commissioned him to create a piece of art to gift to the Mayor of Herford, (Hinckley's new German twin town) as a gift from Hinckley.

Zac and his family have been particularly effective at promoting Zac’s work. His paintings have been featured in the Leicester Mercury and other local press, as well as being covered by ITV Central News and BBC East Midlands News. His paintings are now available as T-shirts and are being stocked by local outlets. The BBC Leicester website features images of several of Zac’s paintings as well as quotes from Zac, his Mum and his Headteacher.

Head teacher, Matthew Pike depicted the impact Find Your Talent had on Zac by saying, “Now he walks around the corridors with his head held high, his shoulders back; people know who he is, he’s proud of his work, they’re proud of his work and he’s been a model pupil.