Young Artists of the Year celebrated at Chesterfield College

Young Artist 2018 - Joseph Higginbotham

Winners of the Young Artist of the Year competition were announced during a special event which launched an exhibition of their stunning work as part of Chesterfield College’s Arts Festival.

The competition was open to budding young artists aged 9 to 18 (in school year 4 to year 13) who were asked to create a piece of artwork across a range of categories on the theme of ‘What’s most important to me?’ Over 50 entries were submitted and judges, including Phil Bramley, Editor of the Derbyshire Times, Hannah Bowdler, West Studios Co-ordinator and James Marples, Marketing Manager at Chesterfield College commented on the high standard of the entries this year.

Competition entrants, their families and their teachers gathered to see their work on display in West Studios before prizes were awarded to the successful entrants.

Joseph Higgingbotham winner of the Visual Arts Year 12-13 category said: “It’s great to see my work on the wall of an actual gallery open to the public, I’m very proud of myself to be honest! I took my inspiration from my favourite of the old masters, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and his piece, The Taking of Christ. I put my twist on it by replacing the subjects with teachers from my school and, as Caravaggio included himself in the original, I included myself in there too. I updated elements to our modern culture too, for instance replacing the torch for a camera phone.”

Oliver Lea, winner of the 3D category explains, “It’s a great competition and I’m really happy to have won. I’ve produced a few pieces with PLA plastic going through a 3D pen that I then draw with to produce sculptures. I’m a big fan of colour, hence this piece, but I’ve also done a tree and even a sculpture of Zeus.”

Young Artist 2018 - Oliver Lea

Winners of the different categories are:


Oliver Lea   ‘Colour’ by 

Visual Arts

1st – ‘Beau’ by Mason Connor Chapman 
2nd – ‘Releasing My Mind’ by Aubrey Hilary Banham Lucas 

1st – ‘Representation of Me’ by Lydiah Malona
2nd – ‘Ballerinas’ by Cerys Pendlebury 
3rd – ‘Karate’ by Kiera Henman 

Young Artist 2018 - Lydia Malova
1st – Lilly Beards 
2nd –‘Ecology’ by Natalia Opalke 
3rd -  Katie Hibbert 

 Young Artist 2018 - Lily Beards

Hannah Bowdler, West Studios Co-ordinator said:

“It is wonderful to see such a high standard of entries in the competition this year and to see young people and their families here tonight. I hope taking part in the competition has inspired them to consider using their talents for a career in the creative industries in the future.” 

The exhibition of their work is open to the public until 29th June and forms part of the College’s Arts Festival. The annual fashion show is on the 27th June at 7pm, tickets can be reserved online via the college website