FACET is stepping stone to art success

Archived news: published on Friday 07 Aug 2009 by Fife Council

Nicola Montgomery and her artwork

Nicola Montgomery and her artwork

FACET (Fife Arts & Crafts and Enterprise Training), part of Fife Council Social Work Service and Fife EmployAbility Team are delighted to share the success of a client who has made remarkable progress despite undergoing extensive surgery. 

Nicola Montgomery 18, from Glenrothes has, for the last two years, been attending FACET. For over three years Nicola has had extensive facial surgery in London to correct a severe facial disfigurement.  As a result and of no fault of her own, her attendance at school was affected.  With a passion for art, Nicola’s ambition was to go to college but did not have the qualifications to get on the course…..that was until she came to FACET.  Two years later, Nicola is now about to embark on a full-time art course at Adam Smith College.

FACET offers a range of training opportunities to people living in Fife who are affected by ill health or disability with training workshops located at three sites:

  • FACET Factory, Whitehill Industrial Estate in Glenrothes – woodwork and ceramics
  • FACET Jessamine Cottage – computers and hand weaving
  • FACET Gardens – horticulture.

Clients experience a work environment in addition to building confidence and work shop skills.  There is also the opportunity to undertake SVQs.

Andrew Parry, FACET Manager said: “Over the last two years we have seem a remarkable transformation in Nicola and not only in her appearance - she has developed into a confident and self assured young woman.  Nicola shows great talent in pottery and ceramics and has produced an extremely impressive art portfolio as well as completing an NC unit in Pottery.  The FACET team is thrilled to have supported her in achieving her goal of studying art at college full time.”

Nicola Montgomery said: “I was really shy when I started at FACET.  I’m much more confident now and have made new friends too.  Art is my passion and I love pottery.  I didn’t think I would be able to go to college but with the support of FACET I have an art portfolio and I’m about to start my course.  I’m so positive about my future now.”   

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