DREAMS really do come true!

Our project with Ambler primary school in July 2016 ‘HALL OF DREAMS’ has been shortlisted for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools 2017!

We’re absolutely thrilled – It’s an immense achievement to have been selected within the final 20 artworks / schools. This year the Prize received over 24,000 entries from 66 different countries. Our project is only one of two London schools in the shortlist. We’re utterly chuffed. See more about the Saatchi Prize and the 20 shortlisted artworks.

The project ‘HALL OF DREAMS’, commissioned by Ambler primary in Islington invited the children to explore the meaning behind their school motto ‘DREAMS’ and create visual artworks which represent its six core values in a creative and compelling way. We introduced the children to a variety of internationally acclaimed artists and experimental drawing techniques which led to abstract pieces of work. Using materials such as wax, ink, oil pastel and carbon paper, and thinking about the physical approaches to mark making, the children developed different ways of drawing. See our entry on the Saatchi website.

The artwork which has been selected for the prize ‘Pixel Image’ is a collaboration from across the whole school including reception to year 6. The image is inspired by artist Martin Johnson Heade who painted exotic flowers from Brazil. We placed 1764 squares measuring 3cm x 3cm each to recreate a section of one of his paintings. Each square is a small piece of the children’s abstract mark making. By breaking down the abstraction and puzzling it together in a new way, the art comes full circle from free experimentation to the representation of something from the real world – a flower in full bloom.

Saatchi Gallery:

The panel of judges this year included Alice Anderson, Artist; Alistair Hicks, Writer and Curator; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery; Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line; Dea Vanagan, Curator and Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset

An exhibition at the Gallery will showcase artwork by the 20 shortlisted students from July 4th-13th 2017. The winner will be announced at an awards evening on July 4th.

“Participating as a judge for the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools was a great privilege – I witnessed the creativity and openness of young students from around the world, some as young as four years old. Its overriding worth is the opportunity for children to share in a creative experience with their peers and create connections from such an early stage in their artistic development.

It was great to see that so many worked in collaboration with each other, and I’m pleased to be part of a Prize that helps direct much needed awareness and funds towards supporting creative education around the world, especially as education budgets are becoming ever more stretched”

Dea Vanagan, Curator and Director, Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

With HUGE THANKS to Ambler Primary who quickly submitted an application for the prize. To Ambler Arts for supporting the project and to all staff, parents and children involved for making this such a great and inspiring project to work on. CONGRATULATIONS All!

We’ll keep you updated on our progress, in the meantime, see more about HALL OF DREAMS and the full collection of images.

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