Fifteen young artists from MCM exhibited artwork in the first Walkabout Drawing Prize at the Redsea Gallery in Dempsey Hill, Singapore this week. Their impressive drawings won the earlier MCM competition which gave them this opportunity to see their work hanging in a professional gallery. The pieces were displayed with artwork by pupils from Tanglin Trust School, Dulwich College and the German European School. A panel of judges including Dr Joe Graham from Falmouth University and the gallery owner Mr Chris Churcher used the following criteria to award prizes:
- Observing and translating from life;
- Creative use of media and materials;
- Original ideas and thinking; and
- Ambition and drive.
The exhibition opened on Thursday 14th February and the artists were well-supported by many of their parents, Mrs Stevens, Mr and Mrs Eatough, Mrs Eaton-Jones and the Artbeaks. We are delighted to announce that our pupils achieved two prizes (3rd Prize in the 17-18 years category and 2nd Prize in the 11-14 years category) and four further drawings were awarded ‘Highly Commended’. The evening was a fabulous celebration of drawing with works ranging in scale from that of a postcard to a huge sheet of fabric and using a variety of techniques from a single pen line to a complex animation. Earlier in the week, a group of Lower Sixth artists had the opportunity to attend a drawing workshop run by Dr Joe Graham at Dulwich College which they found very rewarding. They are now inspired to run workshops for younger pupils at MCM. The Walkabout Drawing Prize is a new initiative and has grown through the collaboration of the Art teachers at the four schools and looks set to become an annual event. We very much look forward to seeing our pupils’ creative entries next year.