art competition

British Academy’s Art Exhibition 2018

This past October, the British Academy’s primary and secondary students participated in a school wide art competition which culminated with an exhibition of the students’ work. With almost fifty art entries by over thirty students, the exhibition displayed the diversity of talent within the school community.

To help generate ideas and evoke inspiration, the students were encouraged to submit work within four main categories: Abstract, Still life, Urban and Organic. The artwork demonstrated a range of media, including vibrant acrylic paintings, detailed graphite drawings, colourful paper collages and even a mobile made of recycled materials.

The prizes up for grabs to the winners of each age category were an array of exciting art supplies to help encourage the young artists to continue creating long after the exhibition was over. These were provided by generous sponsors, including Horizons Gallery, Tobago Estates Agency Ltd, Arnim’s Framing Company. All of the young artists had their eyes on the overall winner’s prize: an iPad provided by a British Academy’s parent.

The artwork was judged by Geoffrey MacLean and Martin Mouttet of Medulla Gallery who so generously gave of their time and careful consideration to each piece. The winner of the 5-8 year category was Kai Mar with his creative plane mobile made of recycled materials. In the 9-11 year category, Jada Fournillier won with her landscape painting entitled “Howl”. The first place prize for the 12-15 year category went to Naomi Duke with her paper collage in the style of artist Brianna McCarthy, entitled “Portrait of a Woman”. In the 16-18 year category, Alexander Arietas was awarded first place for his captivating portrait of a boy. The overall prize of an iPad went to 15 year-old  Kieran Kahler for her vibrant and colourful acrylic painting of a macaw.

Students, parents and teachers alike were throughly impressed by the exhibition of all of the entries, and the young artists’ inspired their fellow classmates to look at our world a bit more creatively, and to consider picking up a paintbrush or a pencil instead of a video game during their spare time.

Image to include: Kai Mar’s Mobile, Jada Fournillier’s “Howl”, Naomi Duke’s collage “Portrait of a Woman”, Alexander Arietas’ painting of a boy, Kieran Kahler’s Macaw. Image of participant group in front of artwork.


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