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Posted 04.12.17

In Pictures: Rotary Club Young Artist of the Year 2017

By Kat Peberdy
For over 20 years, The Rotary Club of Plymouth has held an annual competition for young artists, in celebration of the wealth of creative talent from across the city's schools.

Open to all students in secondary education across Plymouth, the Young Artist of the Year competition has three key stage categories: Years 7-9, Years 10-11, and sixth form. Students from a variety of schools took part, including Notre Dame School, Stoke Dameral Community College and Plymouth School of Creative Arts.

Associate Dean of Pre Degree Matias Shortcook congratulates winning students on the opening night

A showcase of budding creative talent and a fantastic opportunity for young artists to network with active members of the art world, this year’s competition was judged by the Rotary Club’s Graham Steen and Associate Dean of Pre Degree at Plymouth College of Art, Matias Shortcook.

"In an era when increasingly there is difficulty in studying and pursuing a creative profession it is wonderful to see such promising talent in our region."

– Matias Shortcook, Associate Dean of Pre Degree 

The work submitted to the show was on display at the college from 21 - 23 November 2017, with a great turn-out for the opening night and awards presentation evening.

A busy opening night hosted by Plymouth College of Art

Congratulations to all the young artists who took part, the winners for each category have been announced as:

Key Stage 3 First Place – Lara Brinsden, Plymouth High School for Girls

Key Stage 3 Second Place – Charis Goode, Plymouth High School for Girls

Key Stage 3 Third Place – Cole Beeching, Devonport High School for Boys

Key Stage 4 First Place – Alex Grainger, Stoke Damerel Community College

Key Stage 4 Second Place – Katie Stroud, Devonport High School for Girls

Key Stage 4 Third Place – Elise Irish, Notre Dame School

Key Stage 5 First Place – Phoebe Hodge, Devonport High School for Girls

Key Stage 5 Second Place – Imogen Prestidge, Notre Dame School

Key Stage 5 Third Place – Cedric Loeser, Eggbuckland Community College

The Rotary Club Young Artist of the Year Award is supported by The Rotary Club of Plymouth, Plymouth College of Art and The Art Side.