Naomi collects £5k for health centre artwork

DELIGHTED: Naomi McIlroy, pictured with daughter Sian, and her work.
DELIGHTED: Naomi McIlroy, pictured with daughter Sian, and her work.

There are countless reasons why Sudbury’s new health centre is being awaited with eager anticipation.

For many, it will be the sheer relief that the £10million facility in Church Field Road has finally come to fruition.

For Naomi McIlroy, from Clare, it will be seeing her artwork take pride of place in the centre’s atrium.

The 35-year-old has been announced as the winner of the centre’s art competition for her piece Meadow Walk. As well as seeing her work go on display, Naomi has also scooped the first prize of £5,000, which will be paid by developer the Assura Group.

“I was really surprised and delighted when I found out,” said Naomi, who lives in Cavendish Road.

“You enter these things, but never expect to win.”

The artwork features a series of mixed media collages, including photographs taken along Meadow Walk in Sudbury, the common area and river views.

Naomi said the piece had taken a couple of weeks to produce and needed regular tweaks on the computer.

“I wanted to create a feeling of openness that incorporates nature, including different leaves from the trees and wildlife such as the kingfisher and dragonfly,” she said.

“It was important that my work represented a sense of well-being that fits with the ethos of the new health centre.

“It will be amazing to see it when the centre opens.”

A total of 35 entries were made to the competition, which was judged by an arts committee, including residents and members of the Sudbury and Locality Implementation Group.

Peter Gray, from Sudbury, was awarded joint second place with The Talbot Trail along with Debbie Wendt from Ipswich for Visions of Sudbury.

Naomi, a full-time mum to daughters Lanah, four, and Sian, three, said she was pleased to have been able to impress the judges.

“My art has been on hold for a while since having the children,” she said.

“I like working with ceramics but have done all sorts over the years and enjoy using different techniques.”