Following the success of both Archie McCombie (Year 11), who came first in the coveted Sovereign Art Foundation Students Prize, and Sam Stewart (Year 13) who was awarded third prize in the in the University of the Creative Arts (UCA) 2021 Film, Media and Performing Arts Competition, we are delighted to announce that Oliver Sachs (Year 12) was awarded the top prize in the annual Young Art Exhibition in the Year 10 and 11 category. The competition receives over 7,500 entries each year from students aged 4–18 from across eighty schools, mainly in London, with the pictures being judged by leading artists, including some Royal Academicians. The judges were impressed with Oliver’s steely gazed large-scale portrait, which used the human face as a canvas to illustrate destruction, deformity and chaos, with influences from artists such as Januz Miralles and Jessica Rimondi. Metaphorically depicting the effects of climate erosion within the format of a human portrait, Oliver used ink droplets to represent melting ice caps, drawing a visual connection to Olafur Eliasson's 'Ice Watch'. The sparsely painted background helped highlight climate change as an immediate concern and a reflection of our own actions.
Over the last 30 years, Young Art has raised more than £1,000,000 towards vital research into childhood cancers through its work with Cancer Research UK.