Black Swan celebrates talented young artists in Frome exhibtion
Last week the Young Open Art Exhibition 2013 opened at Frome's Black Swan with more than 120 children, parents and local artists visiting the gallery at noon for the announcement of the winners.
The judging had been earlier in the day, with Pippa Goldfinger, the mayor of Frome, Celia Bennett, portrait artist and Jane Worrall, Black Swan Trustee, performing the unenviable task of choosing just 12 prize winners from the almost 200 pieces of work on show.
The judges were asked to choose from three age categories, and a highly commended category had to be introduced, as the judges decided there were so many deserving artists.
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The mayor, Pippa said "It was with great pleasure but also great difficulty that I judged the Black Swan Young Open Competition last weekend. "The quality of the entries was outstanding and that made it hard to select the winners.
"It was truly inspiring to see such a wealth of talent among the young people in Frome and exciting to think of what they may go on to achieve.
"Congratulations to the Black Swan and all involved with this great project."
Organiser, Amanda Sheridan, said: "The pupils of more than 50 schools were represented from in and around Frome and a special mention for Oakfield Academy, Warminster Prep School and Paragon school whose pupils submitted more than 40 pieces of work between them.
"Each of the successful artists wins an opportunity to work with professional artists: Connie will learn to blow glass; Rose, Sam, Ben and Tom are working with painters, Kofi wants to know about sculpture.
"The others will be making jewellery, creating an animation, film or website or working with textiles and wire. "We are so grateful to the artists who are providing these unique prizes."
Children of all ages gathered round the 'Magnetic Curator' putting the miniature images onto the metal board to 'curate' their own exhibition.
Amanda said: "Voting in the People's Choice was very busy, but we will have to wait until Thursday, March 7 for the winner to be to be revealed!
"And within the first 30 minutes three pictures had been sold.
"This exhibition is a testament to the efforts of so many committed and enthusiastic people – primarily the talented children, their art teachers and parents.
"Of course our judges and the prize givers have been wonderful.
"And the often unsung heroes of the gallery are the volunteers who have been so helpful in putting on this fantastic exhibition and without whom the Black Swan would not exist."
The exhibition is open until Saturday, March 9, six days a week, between 11am and 5pm and the art can be seen throughout the Black Swan and in Diva's café. Hours of opening have been extended so children can visit after school and vote for their favourite exhibit.
PRIZE WINNERS 8-11 year winners: Kit Schofield (8), Lola Record (8), Lily Lowe (8) and Kofi Barton Byfield (10) Highly commended: Maya Everitt (9), Harry Whelan (8), Elora Osborne (8) and Raffy Piper (9),
12-15 year winners: Connie Wood (12), Julia Jolliffe (12), Ottolie Adams (15) and Thalia Nitz (13) Highly commended: Daisy Dart (13) and Grace Vickery (15)
16-19 years winners: Meghan Remfry-Peploe (18), Rose Vinnecombe (17), Sam Loader (18) and Tom Baldwin (17) Highly commended: Ben Baldwin (17) and Lydia Ferrari (18).