Congratulations to Jack Harrison (Year 11) who has picked up one of the top prizes in this year’s Art UK ‘Write on Art' competition. Jack was one of just 60 students from across the country shortlisted for an award and he was announced as the winner in his age group at the final prize-giving ceremony at the Paul Mellon Centre in London this week.
Jack wrote a piece to enthuse students about artist Christopher Nevinson's war art. He was commended for making connections between Nevinson's trench imagery and religious symbolism, referring to his own visit to the World War One trenches with our history department. Jack explained how colour and symbolism gave the ideas of war and sacrifice in this dramatic painting greater intensity, and likened aspects of the piece to the work of Banksy with its dramatic shadow.
Author and journalist, Louisa Buck, was one of the judges who commented 'It was a great pleasure to be a judge for Write on Art and I was very impressed by the standard of entries. Jack Harrison's response to Nevinson's La Mitrailleuses hone out as especially fresh and personal.'
Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art (PMC) launched the Write on Art prize in 2017 to encourage a greater interest in art and art history at schools. Val McDermid, best-selling crime novelist and a judge for the competition, said 'The overwhelming impression I took away from reading the Write on Art entries was the passionate engagement of the fledgeling critics. They'd done their homework to contextualise the works they chose but what shone through was genuine responses that went far beyond a dry academic exercise. We're constantly told that young people are only willing to engage with constantly shifting digital content – these reactions demonstrate how wrong a judgement that is. I came away feeling more optimistic about the future of art.'
Jack wins £500 and the possibility of an internship next with Art UK.
Read Jack's piece