United Learning has today launched its annual International Art Competition giving young artists across our secondary academies and independent schools the chance to see their artwork exhibited in Tokyo.
Now in its 13th year, the national competition encourages students aged between 15 and 18 to develop their creativity, imagination and artistic talents by creating and submitting an original piece of artwork. Students have full artistic licence to draw, print or paint whoever or whatever inspires them. The only requirements are that their piece is flat and has maximum dimensions of 1x1m.
Entries for the competition are now open and students have until 16th February to submit a high-quality digital photograph of their piece. This year, entries are set to be put before three virtual audiences – social media, the Group’s art teachers and Executive Team, as well as a panel of professional artists. Each judging audience will be asked to vote for their favourite pieces, making up 25%, 25% and 50% respectively of the final score awarded to each entry.
The student with the highest overall score will take home first place. The winner and three runners-up will be announced via social media on the 3rd March. These top four students get the opportunity to have their work displayed at the celebrated International High School Arts Festival in Tokyo, whilst the winner receives an all-expenses paid trip to Japan to see their piece exhibited in person.
Anna Paige, Director of Strategy & Performance at United Learning, said:
“As part of our commitment to provide an Education with Character, we strive to offer exciting and enriching Group-wide opportunities that all our young people can engage with and enjoy. Through projects like our International Art Competition, we aim to give our students the chance to nurture their creative talents, develop new skills and challenge both themselves and each other.
“Given the unprecedented year we’ve all had, it is more important now than ever that we continue to provide our students with these sorts of enriching experiences and opportunities. I am therefore very pleased that we can go ahead with our International Art Competition entirely virtually this year and I am looking forward to seeing what our budding artists can produce.”