A talented pupil from King Edward’s Witley has been awarded a prestigious art prize by the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers in London. Edwina Keary, an Upper Sixth Form day pupil from Guildford, had been due to receive her award and exhibit her painting ‘Girl in Wood’ at Mansion House this month at a Prize Giving ceremony, however, due to the current COVID-19 situation, this has had to be cancelled.
The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers awards an annual art prize of £100 to a pupil from each of the 26 schools in London and the South East which take part. The winner of the prize is selected by their school and the prize money is used to buy an art book of their choice and art materials.
It was always Edwina’s passion to pursue a career in art. She will go on to study Art History at the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus.
Director of Art at King Edward’s Witley, Caroline Shouksmith said, “Ultimately, access to high-quality arts education, such as we offer at King Edward’s Witley, raises the self-confidence of young people and provides them with a valuable set of skills that can be applied to all areas of their life. Our pupils have the opportunity to work with a wide range of media to expand their ideas and enrich their outlook and we recognise the quality work they produce which we celebrate and support. This is an excellent example of how the School encourages talented art pupils such as Edwina to pursue the Arts with confidence. We are immensely proud of her and wish her every success as she progresses in her chosen career path.”