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New Build Artwork Competition Launches

Today, Monday 2nd December 2019, the students at The High Weald Academy were invited to get involved in an art competition, based on the theme of the rolling landscape of the Weald, organised by local Art Gallery, Grierson Galleries and The Hive.  The competition has been launched to offer entrants the chance of having their artwork adorn the walls of the new academy building.

Annie Watsham, Founder of Grierson Galleries, located at The Hive in Cranbrook said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to encourage aspiring young artists.  The competition theme gives students the freedom to express and interpret their external surrounding environment as they see it and at the same time celebrate their new school building.  I’m excited by the thought of what local talent we are about to discover.  We have purposefully kept the brief open to encourage creative expression.”

Offering encouragement and creative support to students, local landscape and war artist Graeme Lothian visited the academy and shared some valuable tips on how to capture the emotions from a live view on to paper.  The key bit of advice being, not to put everything in the scene, but to be selective and have the confidence to be creative. 

Mrs Lisa Barker, Head of School for The High Weald Academy, said: “The art competition is a great community initiative and supports the Academy’s art education programme that encourages personal expression and development. We have some extremely talented students and I can’t wait to see the entries.  I’m delighted that the winning students’ work, with the support of local businesses Grierson Galleries and Frame Place will be framed and presented to commemorate the official opening of the school.  I wish all the students the very best of luck.”

The deadline for the student artwork entries is Thursday 9th January, all the entries will be on display and can be viewed by the Weald community at the guided tour on Friday 10th January at 10am – 11am.   The judging of artwork will take place in the afternoon on Friday 10th January.  Judges on the panel for the Artwork Competition are Annie Watsham, Mrs Lisa Barker, Grahame Grant, Chris Hounsfield, Rebecca Martin, Head of Marketing for The Big and Carol Morris, CEO for Brook Learning Trust.

The winning artwork will be unveiled at the academy’s official opening on Friday 31st January 2020.