10 year-old Olly Maclay from Cumnor House Sussex has won second prize in ‘Young Art’, a national art competition held in aid of Cancer Research UK, which attracted over 7,000 entries from 4-18 year olds at 73 schools countrywide.
His charcoal drawing of ‘Birds on a Journey’ – ‘journey’ being the theme of this year’s competition, was selected by a panel of the UK’s leading contemporary artists. It was one of 756 pictures selected for display at a special exhibition held by ‘Young Art’ at the prestigious Royal College of Art in London.
“It was really exciting travelling up to the Royal College of Art for the winners’ presentation and to see my artwork on display”, commented Olly. “I was even more excited when I spotted a little green sticker next to it, which meant that someone had put in a bid to buy my picture! We didn’t even know the person and Mum quickly put in a higher bid to make sure we secured my artwork and could bring it home at the end of the week-long exhibition.”
“We are really proud of Olly’s success,” commented Barbara Darlington, Head of Art at Cumnor House Sussex. “This is always an impressive exhibition and, being held at one of the UK’s most prestigious Art Colleges, it attracts an incredibly high standard of artwork from some really talented artists. For Olly to win second prize is a great accolade and is testament to his talent.”
Now Olly is planning to use his artwork to raise additional funds for charity. He will be placing his picture as a lifestyle image which is available to buy through thisisnessie.com, notonthehighstreet.com and Etsy. For every item sold he will donate £1 to Alzheimers Research UK – a charity close to his family’s heart.
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