Young artists of the year named at the launch of exhibition

Winners of schools arts competition 2017

Talented young artists, aged 11 to 18 years old, from across Derbyshire who entered a competition as part of Chesterfield College’s arts festival were celebrated last night at the launch of an exhibition of their work at West Studios on Sheffield Road. Winners, Michael Thompson (17), Becky Cox (12) and Taegan Morley (16) were named as young artists of the year.

The budding artists were asked to submit a piece of art work in any form, from fine art to sculpture and photography, which highlighted an aspect of their local landscape.

Entries included photographs and paintings of iconic Derbyshire landmarks like Chatsworth and Curbar Edge; sculptures of trees; 3d art of Chesterfield’s market place and many more.

Staff from the college’s art department selected the finalists from the entries received. Winners of each of the categories (age 11-14(Year 7-9); age 15+ (Year 10+) and Photography) were then selected by members of the creative community who are based in West Studios, including established artists, designers and sculptors.

Speaking at the launch event where the young artists gathered with their families and teachers, Head of Art from Outwood Academy Newbold, Melanie Tice said:

“Outwood Academy Newbold are extremely excited to be involved in such a creative and inspiring competition brief, accessible to all our secondary school students. The event in the West Studios was such a well organised evening, hosting finalists, their families and the community, which really led the way in showcasing the next generation of artists 

 “We were immensely proud of all our finalists: Daniel Boot, Becky Cox, Hollie Clarke, Courtney Lewis, Ellie Ankers-Brookbank, Emily South, Tremayne Boulton and Michael Thompson.

"Our staff, students & their families were delighted when Courtney Lewis was awarded 3rd place and Becky Cox 1st place in the Y7-9 Category with Michael Thompson also awarded 1st place in the Y10+ category. We are already looking forward to next year’s competition brief.”

Michael Thompson - Local landscapes Schools arts competition 2017 winning artwork Y7-9

The Local Landscapes exhibition runs until 27th June 2017 at West Studios and is open to the public from 9am to 4.30pm

Exhibitions of Chesterfield College students work in the annual Arts Festival will be open from 26 June to 29 June from 9am to 4pm in the Dome at Chesterfield College.