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International High School Arts Festival is biggest yet

International High School Arts Festival is biggest yet

Lincoln Minster School pupil wins trip to Japan, following over 40 submissions from 20 schools!

This year’s International High School Arts Festival has been the biggest yet, with over 40 submissions from 20 schools. 

In partnership with the International Federation for Arts and Culture (IFAC) in Japan, United Learning submits the UK representatives to the festival, where five pieces of student-created artwork is displayed at the National Art Center in Tokyo. Furthermore, the winning artist received an expenses paid trip to Japan to see their work alongside the winning pieces from all other participating countries. 

For 2014, a twist was added to the judging to give a greater opportunity to display the amazing pieces of artwork submitted by United Learning pupils: 30% of the final score came from the number of likes each piece received on the official Facebook group. The response to this was incredible, with nearly 4000 likes being received in one week. 

For the second stage of the judging, renowned artist Michael Aubrey returned to share his expertise and judge each piece based on its artistic merit. Of the quality of work this year and his participating in the festival, he said:

‘It has been a pleasure once again to judge the International High School Arts Festival and I have been impressed by the wide variety and high quality of many of the submissions.’

Following the two stages of the judging, the winning piece was ‘Les Poissons’, submitted by Lincoln Minster School pupil Charlotte, 18 (see inset photograph). Mr Aubrey had high praise for the piece, saying: 

‘This vibrant painting could hardly fail to please. The subject matter is simple and the treatment is painterly - bold and direct - but this is misleading : the careful positioning of the plate and the fish on the plate, the harmonious use of a limited palette with tones and colours very successfully counterpointed, and the detailed observation coupled with a brave and fluent handling of the paint showed considerable promise. The overall effect of this painting was totally pleasing and shows a real understanding of colour and of simple but highly effective composition.’

In second place was the piece ‘Laced Bow’, created by Kwok Hoi, 18, from AKS. Luciana, of Guildford High School, came in third with her beautiful graphite drawing, ‘Covert and Obscured’, and Oliver (15), also of Lincoln Minster School, came in fourth with his piece ‘A Midsummer’s Night Dream’. Finally, Hampshire Collegiate School pupil Annie (16) will also have her piece, ‘Portrait of Liza’, displayed in Japan. 

The standard of work this year was both impeccable and incredible, and many other pieces received specific praise from Michael Aubrey. The competition is a credit to the artistic talent within United Learning schools, and we are already planning on how to make next year’s festival an even greater success.

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