A woman from the district will see her work go on display alongside that of some of the nation’s top artists at a national exhibition.

Paula Dunn, 47, will have one of her paintings, called Lymm Dam, showing a lake in Cheshire, displayed at the 21st National Open Art (NOA) Competition in London.

The main exhibition of art, photography and short film will showcase the best of British and Irish creativity, and will be exhibited across nine gallery spaces. It will appear alongside the Turkish Tulips Exhibition Portfolio, featuring works by artists Damien Hirst and Sir Peter Blake.The exhibition is to celebrate coming-of-age in style, with a number of artistic collaborations and events during the exhibition at the Oxo Tower’s Barge House, between November 17 and 26.

It is the first time Ms Dunn, who has been painting for the last ten years, has had any of her works go on display at a national exhibition.

She paints part-time from her home studio in Harold Place, Saltaire, alongside working at the University of Leeds.

Oil painter Ms Dunn won her spot in the prestigious exhibition after she submitted the Lymm picture and a painting of the Lake District.

She said: “It has not really sunk in yet, it won’t until I see my painting up there. I always get nervous before an exhibition.

“It is the first time I have had anything exhibited in London and my first national piece.

“It feels great, as you get quite a lot of rejection.

“It’s very competitive. Hopefully it will get me interest from other galleries.

“The Lymm Dam picture is more of an abstract landscape.

“The Bradford district is a lovely place to live. Saltaire is an artist’s hub too, such a wide variety of people live there. Saltaire is great.”

Her previous work has included landscapes across Yorkshire including images of the Bradford district, as seen from Baildon Moor and the Yorkshire Dales.

She has also produced a series of pictures under the title ‘God’s Own Country’ and captured Hirst Wood.

Ms Dunn has also painted landscapes of sites in Iceland and Ballycastle in Northern Ireland.

She has previously had solo exhibitions on display in Otley, Leeds and Beverley and taken part in the Bradford Open at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery and the annual Saltaire Arts Trail.

Her work was also part of an exhibition in Brighouse, which opened in September this year, called Northern Powerhouse, which highlighted the quality of artists based in the North of England, and brought together more than 70 new paintings in contrasting styles from ten northern artists.