Art Prize Finalist
15th January 2016

Year 11 New Hall student, Wendy Li, has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Education Art Prize.

The annual competition, for students up to and including 18 years, required entrants to create work inspired by the sculptor Celia Smith. The brief was that work needed to be either two or three dimensional, wholly original and must incorporate wire. All entries were judged by Celia Smith and the team from Specialist Crafts (an art materials company) sponsoring the competition.

Ten finalists were announced on 31 December, with New Hall School receiving the news about Wendy’s success with her submission, ‘Puppeteer’, on Thursday 7 January.

Wendy is now invited to take part in the Finalists’ Workshop. This will be a full day’s workshop with Celia Smith and with a huge selection of art products to play with, creating another piece of work. This will then result in an overall national winner being announced. A spokesperson for the company running the event said that they were ‘really impressed by the high standard of the work’ that the Art Department at New Hall School sent through.

Wendy was delighted to receive the news of her achievement and is excited to be attending the Finalists’ Workshop this year.

This latest achievement adds to a remarkable list for Wendy in art, including painting at an exclusive summer workshop at Columbia University and exhibiting at mainstream institutions such as the Saatchi, Firstsite and Whitworth galleries.

Head of Art, Gareth Hughes said: “Wendy has already gained an Essex Art Bronze award for her prodigious achievements and now looks destined to add a Silver award early in 2016. Wendy also revels in passing on her artistic expertise to younger students, at New Hall School, during after school sessions”.

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