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Winners of the Rotary Club Young Artist of the Year competition 2018

See the winners of the Plymouth Rotary Club’s annual competition for young artists, which has celebrated the wealth of creative talent from across the city's schools for over 20 years.
Sofia Bouqdir from Plymstock School, along with Rachel Zanetti and Izzy Hicks from Devonport High School for Girls, have each been awarded first prize for their respective age groups in a ceremony held at Plymouth College of Art for the Rotary Club of Plymouth’s Young Artist of the Year 2018 competition.
First prize winning work by Sofia Bouqdir from Plymstock School
First prize winning work by Izzy Hicks from Devonport High School for Girls
First prize winning work by Rachel Zanetti from Devonport High School for Girls

First Prize Winners. Work by Sofia Bouqdir, Izzy Hicks, and Rachel Zanetti.

Additionally, this year for the first time thanks to support from The Clemas Trust, students from the Quay Partnership of specialist schools participated, with prizes awarded to Sydney Terrell from Brook Green Centre for Learning, plus Toby Vogel and William Birch from Longcause Community Special School.

Judged by Rotarian and artist Graham Steen and Matias Shortcook, Associate Dean of Pre-Degree at Plymouth College of Art, the Rotary Club’s annual competition for young artists has celebrated the wealth of creative talent from across the city's schools for over 20 years. An exhibition of the student work was on display in Plymouth College of Art for the week of the awards ceremony.

"Winning this prize has made me feel really validated. I didn't actually submit my work myself, my teacher sent it in for me, but it is so encouraging to receive this prize, and it has motivated me to paint more."
Sofia Bouqdir, the Stage 5 First Prize winner
Highly Commended group work from Devonport High School for Girls
Highly Commended work by Katie Baker from Devonport High School for Girls
Highly commended work by Phoebe Hodge from Devonport High School for Girls
Highly Commended work by Tess Harland from Plymouth High School for Girls

Highly Commended Pieces. Work by a group from Devonport Highschool for Girls, Katie Baker, Phoebe Hodge, and Tess Harland.

Stage 5 First Prize winner, Sofia, said: “I love studying the human form, but I have struggled with painting portraits, so this has made me feel like giving portraits another go. I am looking to pursue a career in animation; I love classic 2D animations, like Ghost in The Shell, and The Thief and the Cobbler.”

Open to all students in secondary education across Plymouth, the Young Artist of the Year competition has three categories: Years 7-9, Years 10-11, and sixth form. Acting as a showcase of budding creative talent across the city and an opportunity for young artists to network with active members of the art world, the awards ceremony this year also featured an inspirational talk from Nigel Hurst, Head of Contemporary Arts at The Box and former director and CEO of London's Saatchi Gallery.

Addressing students and their families, Nigel Hurst said: “The Rotary Club Young Artist of the Year prize is testament to the huge amount of work that art departments do, both in Plymouth and across the UK, and the amazing inspiration and encouragement that teachers give their students. This competition is a wonderful platform for talent across the city, and I'm really impressed by the calibre of the artworks.”

“People judging competitions sometimes say they wish that they could give everyone a prize, and it’s true. I feel the same way. Because what you have done is something very brave. You’ve made something that never existed before, and had the bravery to show it to the world. Many artists never make it this far."
Matias Shortcook, Associate Dean Pre-Degree at Plymouth College of Art
Second prize winning work by Cameron Rush from Plymouth School of Creative Arts
Second prize winning work by Daisy Rushton from Plymouth High School for Girls
Second prize winning work by Olivia Prideaux from Devonport High School for Girls

Second Prize winning pieces. Work by Cameron Rush, Daisy Rushton, Olivia Prideaux

Phil Paynter, President of the Rotary Club, said: “The Rotary Club of Plymouth is very pleased to support young artists from secondary schools in Plymouth. We are especially pleased after running the competition for over 20 years that we are now able to extend the competition to the Quay Partnership of specialist schools in Plymouth."

Students from a variety of schools across Plymouth participated, including All Saints Church of England Academy, Devonport High School for Girls, Eggbuckland Community College, Lipson Co-operative Academy, Marine Academy Plymouth, Notre Dame School, Plymouth College, Plymouth High School for Girls, Plympton Academy, Plymstock School, Plymouth School of Creative Arts and Stoke Damerel Community College.

The full list of prize winners on the night are as follows:

Stage 3

First prize - Rachel Zanetti (Devonport High School for Girls)

Second prize - Cameron Rush (Plymouth School of Creative Arts)

Third prize - Freya Lavis (Devonport High School for Girls)

Highly commended - Ines Hannon (Plymouth High School for Girls), George Hayward (Plymouth College) and a group from Devonport High School for Girls.

Stage 4

First prize - Izzy Hicks (Devonport High School for Girls)

Second prize - Daisy Rushton (Plymouth High School for Girls)

Third prize - Ben Wright (Plymouth College)

Highly commended - Katie Baker (Devonport High School for Girls), Flora Dewar (Notre Dame School), Talia Sullivan (Plymouth College), Casey Fernandes (Plymouth High School for Girls) and Tess Harland (Plymouth High School for Girls).

Third prize winning work by Ben Wright from Plymouth College
Third prize winning work by Freya Lavis from Devonport High School for Girls
Third prize winning work by Yujin Choi from Devonport High School for Girls

Third Prize Pieces. Work by Ben Wright, Freya Lavis, Yujin Choi

Stage 5

First prize - Sofia Bouqdir (Plymstock School)

Second prize - Olivia Prideaux (Devonport High School for Girls)

Third prize - Yujin Choi (Devonport High School for Girls)

Highly commended - Phoebe Hodge (Devonport High School for Girls), Lauren Bonner (Eggbuckland Community College) and Victoria Salter (Plymouth High School for Girls).

Quay Prize winning work by Toby Vogel from Longcause Community Special School
Quay Prize winning work by William Birch from Longcause Community Special School

Quay Prize winning pieces. Work by Toby Vogel, William Birch.