On 17th March, United Learning announced the winner of this year’s International Art Competition as Year 11 student, Jesse, from The Hurlingham Academy.
To take home the top prize, Jesse’s piece received the highest score having gone before four different audiences – social media, the Group’s network of art teachers, attendees of this year’s annual leadership conference and a professional artist. His piece, titled ‘Bewilderment,’ is an emotive self-portrait in charcoal, depicting an intricate range of thoughts and feelings.
The young artist will now go on an all-expenses paid trip to Tokyo, Japan to see his artwork on display at the International High School Arts Festival.
Those students who finished in the three runner-up positions will also see their artwork displayed at the prestigious festival in Japan. They include:
- Sian from Barnsley Academy for her piece ‘Deep in my thoughts’
- Davina from Newstead Wood School for her piece ‘Homesickness’
- Kitty from Ashford School who scored for her piece ‘Cyanosis’
Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Academies at United Learning, said:
“Congratulations to Jesse, as well as our runners-up Sian, Davina, and Kitty. The calibre of work submitted to this year’s competition was fantastic and I’m looking forward to seeing all our young artists continue to grow and develop their talents. Part of our schools’ commitment to delivering an Education with Character is about nurturing and developing ambition and confidence amongst young people. The hard work and commitment shown by these winning students in creating and finessing their pieces will certainly serve as inspiration for their peers across the country."