Barclays sets Poppy a tall order

Poppy 2It was a tall order, but Poppy Willock was up to the challenge.

For when Barclays in Knutsford wanted a huge mural for the entrance to one of its campus buildings on its 64-acre technology centre Radbroke, they called on the Priestley College student to create her vision of ‘Building Tomorrow’s Bank’.

It was no small feat for 5’2 Poppy as the painting stood more than three foot taller than the young artist.

“It was an honour to be commissioned by Barclays for a piece that will be so prominent at their technology centre,” said Poppy, from Warrington.

The former Cardinal Newman Catholic High School pupil was given a brief by Barclays to showcase technology of the future in a fun and creative way.

She explored themes in the final design of ‘community’ and ‘futurism’, which allowed her to communicate a day in the life of a Barclays’ customer, as well as representing the bank’s innovative technologies.

Her response took 11 days to complete and is now greeting hundreds of Barclays colleagues and visitors every day.

“We have developed a strong partnership with Priestley College to help create a business context for the students’ work and spotted Poppy’s talent during another project,” said Julian Bucknall, Global Technology Colleague Engagement Lead.

“We set Poppy this brief and are delighted with the end result.”

Poppy recently completed her BTEC Extended Diploma in Graphic Design at Priestley College in Warrington and works as a freelance designer and illustrator. She starts at Bolton University in September on a BA (Hons) in Animation & Illustration.

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