January 18, 2011

Young artist wins Saatchi Gallery Art Prize

The winners of the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, were announced at a prize-giving ceremony at the Saatchi Gallery in London on 12 January 2011.

Colin Grassie, CEO, Deutsche Bank UK , presented the first prize to 12-year-old Harry Churchill, a pupil at Dulwich Preparatory School in London. He received GBP 2,000 and his school's art department was awarded GBP 10,000, to spend on art and computer equipment.

The two runners-up were Aroseh Yaseen, aged 17, from Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe, and Jim Johnston, aged 17, from Hurtwood House in Dorking. Each runner-up was given GBP 1,000, and their schools each received GBP 5,000.

The competition, which was sponsored by the Bank, was open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools around the world. Over 8,000 entries were submitted this year. Among the 20 shortlisted works were entries from Hungary, Kenya and the US, as well as the UK.

Commenting on the prize, artist Yinka Shonibare said: “I was astonished by the standard of the entries. It is particularly important to encourage children to express their creativity through art at such an early age. Our collective future success in all areas of culture depends on encouraging creative intelligence through prizes like this one.”

The prize is part of the Saatchi Gallery's education programme, which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences. More than 1,200 school groups have visited the new Saatchi Gallery since it opened in Chelsea in October 2008.

An exhibition of the 20 shortlisted entries is at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s Sq, King’s Road, London SW3 4SQ until 22 January 2011.


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