Two girls from Loughborough High School have been recognised for their talented artwork recently by winning awards in the Leicester Open 34 art competition.
Bea, Year 11 and Elle, Year 13, each won an award, along with a cash prize at the annual open exhibition, which showcased artistic talent from across Leicester and the East Midlands.
The girls were up against a huge variety of entrants, including emerging artistic talent as well as seasoned professionals, with the competition being open to anyone of any ability. A wide array of different artworks were submitted as competition entries including paintings, sculptures and textiles.
Elle submitted her self-portrait, which saw her win the coveted Attenborough prize, regarded as the most prestigious prize in the young artist section. Bea’s skull and flower artwork was also awarded a prize with Bea winning the Extraordinary Art in Ordinary Houses sponsored prize.
Teacher of Art at Loughborough High School, Nat Smith said: “The accomplishment of all five girls securing a place in the exhibition is truly noteworthy, particularly within the competitive 16-18 category. As an art department, we are immensely proud of their achievement, viewing it as a splendid opportunity for them to exhibit their talents.”
“The recognition of Bea and Elle, who received awards for their submitted works, serves as a remarkable validation of their talent and skill, acknowledged by esteemed institutions like the Leicester Museum and Art Gallery. Witnessing their growth as artists fills us with deep satisfaction, and we anticipate that this exhibition will act as a catalyst, propelling them forward into the next phase of their artistic journey.”