Competition for borough’s budding artists

PUBLISHED: 12:53 03 November 2010

David Allen, Emily Mellor, Hannah Eardley and Alex Barrington-Clark

David Allen, Emily Mellor, Hannah Eardley and Alex Barrington-Clark


Sixth form art students from across the borough will be competing next month in an exhibition designed to celebrate the work of young artists who have messages to deliver through their art.

Jamie Dick with self portrait from the Darrick Wood school art show

The OpinionArted Prize is being held for the first time at Darrick Wood School, in Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington next Wednesday

At the event, the art will be on show and awards will be given, judged by a panel of experts including professional artists, Andy Wicks and Maggie Higginson and Arts Consultant, Giselle Richardson who has worked with esteemed galleries such as the Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, the V&A and Victoria Miro (Gallery).

The exhibition, organised by art teachers at Darrick Wood School, came about as a way of encouraging pupils to think about their work beyond a school setting.

Art teacher Anna German, said: “I want pupils to have the opportunity to enjoy the accomplishment of being involved in a selective exhibition.

Emily Mellor and Hannah Eardley with photographic art

“When they leave school and move on to Art colleges the environment can be highly competitive and this is hopefully a chance for our pupils to get a taste for this and feel confident about striving for success”.

Judge Giselle Richardson said: “I feel very privileged to have the opportunity to see the work of the next generation of artists”.

The OpinionArted exhibition is open to the public on Wednesday 10th November between 6 and 8pm at Darrick Wood School, Lovibonds Avenue, Orpington, BR6 8ER.

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