November 14, 2019

ISA National Art Competition Success

This Autumn has seen some of our talented Sixth Formers have their work recognised on a regional level but also nationally, as part of an exhibition held at Oulton Hall in Leeds.

In September, Maisy, Tom and Klara entered pieces for the regional ISA Art Competition for London West, held at Norden Hall Arts Centre, Maidenhead.

From a field of over 300 pieces, Tom and Maisy received a highly acclaimed award while Klara won 1st place for her portrait in the KS5 2D Art category.

Maisy and Tom, both Art Scholars submitted pieces from Year 11 and 12 coursework.

Maisy’s Raku fire ceramic, took inspiration from Barbara Hepworth, but owed much of its unique quality to the firing process she uses, providing glistening textures and wave like colour.

In contrast to the unpredictable nature of Raku firing, Tom’s piece was meticulous and personal, depicting an image of his grandmother using dry point etching. Tom is no stranger to competition success however, having received the Lurner Prize award last year at Leighton Park.

Klara, currently studying the IB Visual Arts course, in Year 13, took a deserved 1st place for her portrait entitled, ‘Nagyapa’, painted in acrylics. It depicts her Hungarian grandfather, a recurring theme in her work, as she explores her own cultural identity. Being selected for the finals was a fantastic achievement, but to then be awarded a highly commended from a field of over 200 regional winners was spectacular.

In response Klara chatted saying, ‘I’m thrilled that all the hours I put in, enjoyable as they were, have paid off and been recognised… It’s a worthwhile tribute to my grandfather and has given me the courage and enthusiasm to explore portraiture even more.”

Klara is looking forward to continuing her interest and talent in Art as she applies to study Liberal Arts next year.

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