Grierson Galleries was delighted to be asked to host an Art Competition to mark the launch of the rebuild of The High Weald Academy, Angley Road, Cranbrook, Kent.
The competition was launched in early December 2019 by a fascinating talk from GG’s local artist Graeme Lothian (war artist amongst other huge artist skills!) to the students. Graeme used photographs and videos to illustrate his talk, encouraging the students to take part, use their imagination, to have faith in themselves and their capabilities and to view their world with different eyes.
Open to all students, the competition is in two categories: Years 7-9 and Years 10-11. Each participating student was given a 40cm x 40cm piece of board or paper on which to work with the subject, ‘A depiction of local interest/interpretation of The Weald’ with photography and any other 2D medium acceptable. Local framing expert Richard Wayre of FramePlace in Cranbrook has kindly offered to frame both winning pieces from each Year category in a plain black or white frame. Grierson Galleries will be on the panel of judges and Grierson Galleries’ Cranbrook-based artist Amanda Averillo has kindly offered a free lesson to one of the winners.
The two winners’ works will be displayed at the Academy’s official opening on January 30 2020. We will of course be showing the winners’ works on the website!