The awards, which are sponsored by Deutsche Bank and organised by the Saatchi Gallery and Sunday Telegraph, are part of the Gallery's education programme, which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences.
This fitting partnership draws on Deutsche Bank’s commitment to emerging creative talent and cultural development through art.
From over 12,000 entries, the first prize, a three-painting installation "Trees: A sense of Place" was awarded to Julia Whiting, aged 18, a pupil at St. Margaret's School, Exeter. She received £2,000 and her school's art department was awarded £10,000 to spend on art and computer equipment.
Describing the inspiration for her winning entry, Julia, who is inspired by David Hockney’s Winter landscapes, said: “My idea was to use a poignant memory, which in my case was of trees on a childhood walk and create a sense of space to involve the viewer by representing this experience.”
The two runners-up are James Wallis, aged 12, from Woodcote House School, Surrey and Mu-Chun Chiang, aged 18, from The Leys, Cambridge. Each runner-up was given £1,000, and their schools received £5,000 each.
The panel of judges included: the artist Marc Quinn, the children's author Kaye Umansky, Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank art advisor and curator, Alastair Smart, arts editor of The Sunday Telegraph, and Rebecca Wilson, director, Saatchi Gallery.
The Art Prize for Schools is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world.
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