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Exam Piece Wins Best of Bolton Art Prize

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Work by students in Years 10 to 13 has been featured in the Best of Bolton Schools’ Art and Design Exhibition hosted by the University of Bolton. The event, now in its twelfth year, brings together the best artwork from secondary school pupils across the borough to be showcased in the Innovation Factory, part of university’s School of Arts, Media and Education. The School Art Departments have come together for this year’s exhibition as part of the Bolton Learning Partnership Art Hub, led by Miss Jane Fazackerley (Art Hub Lead and Head of Art in the Girls’ Division). The Bolton Learning Partnership encourages collaboration between subject departments across Bolton, supporting teachers to share expertise.

The exhibition is sponsored by Bolton Division of The National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) and Ken Bromley Art Supplies, who provide sponsorship for a number of prizes. The winners were announced at the exhibition opening.

Year 13 student Viola Hilton was one of eight students whose work received a prize. She was presented with a certificate and some art materials.

Viola’s winning artwork was created as her fifteen-hour A Level examination piece. In preparation, she filled three sketchbooks: the majority of the pages featured images of chickens to explore the many different ways to draw and paint these birds. Her final exam piece was drawn entirely in pencil crayon and featured ten pictures of chickens, joined by a continuous line, with the birds’ heads becoming increasingly photo-realistic across the canvas.

Miss Fazackerley was delighted that Viola’s outstanding piece was selected as one of the prize winners.

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