Beacon Academy students triumph in local arts award

The biannual Farley Arts Trust Awards is to celebrate and raise awareness of the creative achievements of young people in East Sussex schools and colleges.

Beacon-Farley-Arts-Award-20Over 60 of the best young artists from across the county gathered at the Gallery at Farley Farm to find out which 16 pieces of art work on display had won coveted Awards in each of the different categories; from textiles to photography, painting to sculpture.

Farley Farm House at Chiddingly near Lewes, is the former home of the photographer Lee Miller and surrealist artist Roland Penrose, and their friends and colleagues, Picasso, Ernst, Miro, Man Ray and many other great artists of the twentieth century.

Beacon Academy was privileged to be able to enter six students’ artwork into this year’s competition: Charlotte Blythe, Sophy James, Ellen Kemp, Rob Rattray, Charlie Wilkinson and Autumn Woods all feature in this year’s exhibition, and on Friday 9th October all participating students and staff were invited to the awards ceremony hosted by members of the Farley Arts Trust.  Prizes were awarded by Wealden MP Nus Ghani.

Sophy James

Sophy James from Beacon Academy won the A-Level ‘2D/Mixed Media’ category

Two Beacon students won awards: Sophy James won the A-Level ‘2D/Mixed Media’ category whilst Charlotte Blythe won the GCSE ‘sketchbook’ award.

Miss Giffard, Head of Art said:

I am thrilled that our students’ work was so well received by the judges. All 6 entries look fantastic exhibited in the gallery space. Well done to all the students and staff involved.

All the art work had been selected by Ian Chance, Artistic Director of the Farley Arts Trust and artist Jo Welsh, together with Antony Penrose, founding Trustee of the Trust, and son of Lee Miller and Roland Penrose.

The judges said the standard was outstanding and choosing winners and those highly commended was even more difficult than usual.

Charlotte Blythe

Charlotte Blythe from Beacon Academy won the GCSE ‘sketchbook’ award

An exhibition of the work is open for public viewing on Sundays 18th and 25th October at Farley Farm Gallery. Please see the Farley Farm House website for details: www.farleyfarmhouse.co.uk.

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