The first prize of £2,000 in the Saatchi Gallery / Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools, sponsored by Deutsche Bank, has gone to Harry Churchill, aged 12.
© Harry Churchill, courtesy Saatchi Gallery
Harry is a pupil at Dulwich Preparatory School in London and, as part of the prize, the school art department was awarded £10,000 to spend on art and computer equipment.
Here’s how the Saatchi website describes Harry’s winning work Auschwitz,
‘This montage painting on canvas depicts the suffering behind the fences of Auschwitz, which encloses the prisioners. There is no escape, and little hope. The painting is set in grey subdued tones to suggest the mood of the victims and suffering. Despair is on their faces.The train track takes us into the centre of the camp from which there is no escape.’
The two runners-up are Aroseh Yaseen, aged 17, from Sir William Ramsay School in High Wycombe, and Jim Johnston, aged 17, from Hurtwood House in Dorking. Each runner-up was given £1,000, and their schools received £5,000 each.
An exhibition of the 20 shortlisted entries is on at the Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Sq, King's Road, London SW3 4SQ until January 22, 2011. But you can also view the first prize, runners-up and short-listed entries on the Saatchi Gallery website.
The Saatchi Gallery / Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world. The competition had over 18,000 entries this year.
The panel of judges for 2010 were: artist Yinka Shonibare, Margot Heller, the director of the South London Gallery, the photographer Mary McCartney, Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank art advisor and curator, Andrew Graham-Dixon, chief art critic of The Sunday Telegraph, and Rebecca Wilson, associate director, Saatchi Gallery.
Harry’s picture would be a useful image for your class or assembly for Holocaust Memorial Day on January 25, 2010.
Find more Holocaust Memorial Day resources on Culture24/Teachers.