The alTURNERtive Prize Winner 2016

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The alTURNERtive prize, now in its fifteenth year celebrates outstanding contemporary art practice by 12 nominated students at Welling School. The prize evolves every year and marks the current concerns of the artists involved and displays the impressive, varied nature of the work tackled by students in Years 11-13. The breadth of issues and approaches that are confronted easily rivals those found on degree courses. Every year has been remarkably different, highlighting the innovative approach to art education for which Welling School is now renowned.

This year the award was presented to the winner by former Turner Prize nominee Jane Wilson. The prize was judged by a panel made up of the Freelands Foundation’s Head of Education Henry Ward, former alTURNERtive Prize nominee Abi Granger and art teacher Harriet Stripling.

Sara Nakash was announced as winner to an expectant audience in the Berwick Road Gallery on the 1st of December. The judges commended the intensity and commitment of Sara’s practice. Sara skilfully produced work around the theme of maternity and childbirth. Sara’s installation uses drawing, painting, sculpture and audio to produce a claustrophobic intense emotional experience. Sara has broad interests and this is exemplified in her work for the exhibition. The Popular Prize, voted for by Year 7 students, was awarded to Nicole Malcolm for a large scale oil painting exploring the surface of fabric.

 

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The alTURNERtive Prize 2016

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You are invited to the private view and presentation of the alTURNERtive Prize 2016 on Thursday 1st December 6-9pm.

The presentation of the award, by Jane Wilson, will take place at 7.30pm. 

Sahba Akbar

Amy Baldwin

Madison Brownlow

Chloe Coburn

Leonie Houching

Nicole Malcolm

Lily Moseley

Sara Nakash

Oliver Pickett

Lay-La Pinnock

Chloe Savill

Ellie Wills

contact: collarda@wellingschool-tkat.org

wellingvisualarts.org

 

Art Is…

Art Is…

Welling School were one of the contributors to the Freeland Foundation’s Art Is… event at Tate Modern on Saturday the 9th of April. Staff and students handed out hundreds of copies of the recently published æ 8. Darcy Hodge took to the soapbox to share her experiences of working as part of Press Gang on the newspaper. It was a brilliant event and a great speech. Well done Darcy!

The alTURNERtive Prize 2014

alTURNERtive Prize 2014

Introduction

Schools are constantly in a state of flux; students graduate, staff move on, government ideologies change. The alTURNERtive Prize was established in 2002. The exhibition was set up to champion the work of our students and timed to coincide with the Turner Prize at the Tate. Events like the alTURNERtive Prize are unusual, they may occur as a one off, but it is exceedingly rare for them to become embedded within a school’s annual calendar or indeed to garner so much attention from outside the school institution.

The prize evolves every year and marks the current concerns of the artists involved. I am always impressed by the diverse nature of the work tackled by our students. The breadth of issues and approaches that are confronted easily rivals those found on degree courses. Every year has been remarkably different, highlighting the innovative approach to art education for which Welling School is now renowned.

It has been an exciting few months for our students as they not only embrace the possibilities of the new school year but also those opportunities presented by our growing relationship with external institutions. Welling School’s regular schedule of exhibitions at the Berwick Road Gallery have been supplemented for selected students this year who have also had the opportunity to exhibit in both The Hayward and Whitechapel Galleries. We are honoured to be embraced by such influential organisations and are eager to continue to offer these opportunities to our students.

Over the years we have built strong relationships with the broader art world. Our list of previous judges and presenters reads a little like a who’s who of the Art world. This year is no exception as we welcome the Whitechapel Gallery’s Head of Education & Public Programmes Sofia Victorino as a judge and the internationally exhibited artist Peter Liversidge to present the prize.

The alTURNERtive Prize demonstrates annually how we should aspire to see the art made in school as not made by “Students” but rather by “Artists”. The alTURNERtive prize is the distillation of what makes Welling…Welling. I am hugely proud of the staff and students who make the furtherment of Art and Artistic ideals their goal.

alTURNERtive Prize 2014 Catalogue