Young Artist Wins National Award

26 April 2021 – Evelyn Chen, 18, has won a national art competition with her detailed pencil study, entitled ‘Old Lady’.  Evelyn, who is a boarder at LVS Ascot, won the Key Stage 5 drawing category at the national finals of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) Art competition.

Evelyn is going on to study a degree in graphics and hopes to turn her flair for art into a career.

Evelyn and her fellow student Abhishek Gurung both won in the ISA’s London West Art Competition and were automatically put through to the national finals, competing against entries from 550 schools nationwide. Abhishek scooped second place in the national Key Stage 5 textiles category with his stunning gown and is now studying at the London College of Fashion.

The independent day and boarding school, on London Road, Ascot, offers a range of creative courses at sixth form, including A Levels and BTECs in art, design, drama, media production, textiles, photography and textiles. The school aims to prepare students for their next steps, into higher education and beyond.

The Art department at LVS Ascot aims to shape creative thinkers for the future by providing an inclusive environment where students are encouraged to engage with a diverse range of art forms. The School offers Art, Photography and Textiles at both GCSE and A Level.

Speaking on behalf of LVS Ascot, school principal, Christine Cunniffe, commented; “I’m delighted to see our student work recognised again for its excellence. The School is focussed on inspiring young people and giving them the courage and freedom to exceed their expectations and Evelyn and Abhishek have done just that.”

ISA national arts officer, Marie-Ange Moncuy, added; “The standard of entries this year was outstanding. A huge congratulations to everyone who made it to the national finals and particularly to our winners. Art enables us to express ourselves, connect with audiences, galvanise communities and inspire. It offers an amazing array of career opportunities and looking at our winners it is clear to see the rising young talent that the industry can look forward to welcoming in coming years.”

The ISA’s National Art Competition is held annually and enables independent schools to showcase their pupils’ art and for teachers to share best practice and ideas.  Categories cover different age groups and genres, from 2D art, through to fashion and photography.

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