20th July 2001




Art has been a lifelong passion for 76-year-old student John Bettles who will graduate with a Fine Art degree in Hull next week (26th July).


Hull-born John studied at the Hull School of Art and Design’s Anlaby Road campus, where he studied a two-year course at the age of thirteen. At the age of 73 he returned to study his degree, part-time at first and then full-time as he kept well ahead well ahead with his work.


John, from North Road, Hull, always had a passion for art, but the outbreak of war and his career as a draughtsman and engineer meant he never found the opportunity to take it up seriously.


“I always knew I would get around to studying art one day,” he said. “It’s never too late, but I don’t think a lot of people realise the opportunities that are out there.”


John thoroughly enjoyed his three years at university: “The staff and the students were wonderful – they really looked after me. I received a warm welcome and there was never any discrimination against my age,” he said.


John is keen to continue studying and is considering an MA at the university if he raises sufficient funds. “I just want to study for the rest of my life,” he said. “My ambition is always to be a better painter.”


His paintings of the river scenes in Hull, the city which he is so fond of, can be viewed at the Brief café on High Street.


He will graduate from the City Hall on Thursday 26th July at 11:30am accompanied by his proud family. Photographers are welcome to attend.


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A digital image of John’s work is available by e-mail.

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For more information contact: Jez Ashberry,

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042


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