Student heading for Switzerland

A Berwick student has been given an exciting opportunity to be the official illustrator of a Swiss magazine.

Sunday, 5th March 2017, 07:06 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:11 am
Berwick illustrator Katie Chappell.

Katie Chappell has been selected to go and work with a group of journalism students on the St Gallen symposium, a student-run global forum.

The 27-year-old is currently studying for an MA in illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, commuting there from her Berwick home.

The one-year course finishes this summer but, in May, Katie will be heading on all-expenses-paid trip to Switzerland.

“It’s mega, mega exciting,” she said. “I’ll be the first ever illustrator to work at St Gallen and the symposium has been running for 47 years!

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“I’ll spend a week work​ing​ as part of a team of students to create a magazine about the symposium.

“I heard about this chance to go to Switzerland in the university email list. I had to pitch a few ideas of articles I’d like to illustrate which fit the theme of dilemma of disruption.”

Globalisation in the 21st century is causing constant flux the world over. Rules in politics, business, science, and society are changing more frequently and unexpectedly, confronting societies with unprecedented challenges. But where do these disruptions come from? Who benefits from these radical changes and who has to bear the negative consequences?

She got in touch with the Advertiser so she could share her good news with the town, ‘just so people can know that students are still getting good opportunities – even in a small place like Berwick!’

When in Berwick, Katie runs art workshops for children, called Making and Moving. A huge illustration she has done also adorns the reception area at Berwick Middle School, as well as on the front of its prospectus.