Charlotte Hendry Wins 500 and Work Experience in Art Competition Success

George Orwell inspired art has bagged a former Raynes Park High School pupil the judge’s prize in the Greater London student art competition UpStArt

Charlotte Hendry, 18, received the prize for her work ‘Mournful Man’ and was rewarded with a £500 cash gift and a masterclass from graffiti artist Nick Walker for her school.

Charlotte, who is now studying at Camberwell College of Art, based her concept around modern society in George Orwell’s 1984 and expressed her shock at the award.

“I wasn’t even going to enter the competition because I thought I wouldn’t have a chance but my teacher persuaded me,” she said.

“Just being in the final and having my work exhibited in a gallery was so exciting but to be chosen as the winner by Jeff Salmon is amazing. I am so happy.”

Along with the cash prize and the Nick Walker exhibition, Charlotte also received work placements with digital market agency MBA and creative agency Fishfinger.

Jeff Salmon, antiques dealer and star of Channel 4’s Four Rooms, picked the winner and commended the ‘extremely high’ standard of work from the competition’s 34 finalists.

“To say it was difficult to choose from my favourite is an understatement. It was sincerely a hair’s breadth choice,” said Mr Salmon.

“Charlotte’s painting ‘Mournful Man’ got my vote in the end because not only does this wonderful portrait show extreme technical competency, almost mastery – I would like to hang on my wall, which for me says it all.”

Claire Curtis, Raynes Park High School’s Head of Creative and Performing Arts said,  “We are thrilled and very proud at Charlotte’s fantastic achievement. She created a very powerful and technically accomplished piece of work and she well-deserves her success. We are also very much looking forward to the master class with Nick Walker, which will be a wonderful opportunity for our students.’

 


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