Kettering Buccleuch Academy student Amanda has won United Learning’s national art competition
A student from Kettering Buccleuch Academy is celebrating after winning United Learning’s national art competition for 2016.
16 year old Amanda Leipina was chosen as the winner for her submission ‘Father and Daughter’ – a pencil drawing showing her and her father sitting together when she was a young girl. It is a representation of the parental bond as well as the clear physical likeness between them.
This work of art, along with four runner-up pieces, has been sent across the world to Tokyo, Japan, where it will be displayed at the International High School Arts Festival this summer. Each year, United Learning has the privilege of selecting the sole UK representative for the festival from within its Group and so, as part of the prize for winning, Amanda will travel to Japan with her father to present her work at the awarding ceremony on July 3rd.
The second place prize was awarded to Enilze Veizaga, also from Kettering Buccleuch Academy, for her portrait ‘Grandmother’. Judge Michael Aubrey described it as ‘equally impressive’ and praised the detail and depth of emotion conveyed.
‘Home Guide’ by William Hodges, from The Regis School, and ‘Missing Girls’ by Rachel Worlock, from Guildford High School, came joint third, with Kettering Buccleuch Academy student Leah Mitchell’s piece ‘Remembering Ivy’ in fourth place.
The competition, which was open to all of the Group’s secondary students, was judged by artist Michael Aubrey. Students, school-based staff, Central Office staff, and the wider community were also invited to choose their favourite pieces via Facebook.
Judge and artist Michael Aubrey said of the winning piece:
“Not only does this work display fine draughtsmanship and excellent pencil technique but also a depth of insight. The re-enactment of the two individual subjects, the understated strength of the relationship and the excellent modelling in the faces is masterly.”
Aubrey also added:
“It is worth observing that all five of the works which I have selected have a strong personal involvement by the artist, either directly or empathetically. It is this which I believe has given them, in their very different ways, the conviction and integrity which one looks for in honest works of art.”
Amanda Leipina said of winning the competition:
“My parents have always encouraged me to draw from an early age and that support has given me the confidence to continue to develop my artwork.
“The Art Department at Kettering Buccleuch Academy encouraged me to enter the competition but I never imagined that I could win such an important event.
“To think that I will be representing the UK and to have the experience of travelling to Japan to the exhibition opening is something I could never have imagined. It really is a dream come true.”
Jon Coles, Chief Executive of United Learning, said:
“These entries show the remarkable range of talent across our schools and there is tremendous skill and imagination demonstrated by the diversity of the artwork submitted.
“All five pieces deserve their place in the International High School Arts Festival exhibition and I am delighted that Amanda and her father will be travelling to Tokyo to see her winning piece on display.”