Our annual House Art competition has wrapped up the Michaelmas Term with an impressive display of creativity and talent from our Upper School Houses.
The competition was adjudicated by Michael Long who had a successful career as a graphic designer and illustrator, publishing several books and illustrations including a history of the evolution of mammals for the Natural History Museum in London which held an exhibition of his original artwork. He went on to become the Head of Art and Design at Brunel College and he is now an excellent landscape painter who is represented by the Paragon Gallery in Cheltenham, as well as being a past-president of the Bristol Savages society.
As usual, there was a very interesting and diverse range of exhibits including paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, ceramics, and prints which made Michael’s job very difficult. In the end he awarded prizes for drawing, painting, sculpture and photography to students across the year groups and the Houses, with West Town winning the prize for best overall display thanks to the efforts of all their exhibitors.
Historically the House whose members win the most individual prizes is awarded the overall House Art Trophy which is a bronze statuette of the OC critic and artist Roger Fry. For the second year running it was awarded to Worcester House, well done Worcester!
Michael praised the students in his adjudication speech for their imaginative and high quality work and he said that he hoped his audience would continue to value the creative arts and the positive role they play in education. The exhibition was well attended and was much enjoyed by all.