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Grantham Journal Big Interview: Diana stars as mentor on popular BBC show




Grantham College course leader Diana Ali who can be seen on The Big Painting Challenge on the BBC.
Grantham College course leader Diana Ali who can be seen on The Big Painting Challenge on the BBC.

Diana Ali has found herself in the spotlight after being asked to become a mentor on the popular BBC TV show The Big Painting Challenge. Diana works asa course leader at Grantham College as well as on other projects. Here she tells the Journal how shegot the job on the show and what she tries toinstil in her students and the contestants on the show.

How long have you been at Grantham College and what is your role there? Does Grantham have a number of talented
artists?

The Big Painting Challenge with Mariella Frostrup and the Reverend Richard Coles. (C) BBC - Photographer: Ed Miller
The Big Painting Challenge with Mariella Frostrup and the Reverend Richard Coles. (C) BBC - Photographer: Ed Miller

I have been at Grantham College for five years and I am the course leader for the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. It is such a valuable coursewhere students from Btecs and A-levels learn how to see themselves as emerging artists ready to go into the arts industry and higher education. Grantham College has many talented budding artists who have receiveda fully backed education by lecturers (from level 1 to 5) who have and still are in the arts industry. Our students have gone on to have careers from fine artists, shoe design, theatre design and production, blacksmithing, illustrating, graphic design and so much more. It’s a privilege to work at Grantham College and see students progress from nothing to everything. Students and teachers are very loyal to each other.


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