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.