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Student's Installation Wins Saatchi Gallery Art Prize

Wednesday, 05 July 2017

  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam with artwork
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam with the judges and his art
  • Saatchi Art Prize Shortlist - Bolton School A Modern Tradition, traditional side
  • Saatchi Art Prize Shortlist - Bolton School A Modern Tradition, modern side
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam prizewinner
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam with the judges
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam with Art staff
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Bolton School guests
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam with friend
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam with friend and teacher
  • Saatchi Art Prize - Adam with gallery banner

Congratulations to Adam Hall in Year 12, who has been announced as the Secondary School winner in The Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools 2017!

His piece, which is titled ‘Bolton School: A Modern Tradition’, was one of just twenty artworks by primary and secondary school pupils to be shortlisted from a pool of over 24,000 international entries from 66 different countries.

Adam travelled to London for the Awards Evening, which took place on 4 July prior to the opening of the Saatchi Gallery Art Prize for Schools 2017 Exhibition the following day. He was joined at the event by Boys’ Division art teachers Mrs Ryder and Mrs Brewer, other members of staff, and several Old Boys with an interest in art, including John Craven (1975-1982) and his family, last year’s Prizegiving speaker Robin Partington (1964-1978) and Old Boys’ Association Ambassador Mike Shaw (1981-1988). The Primary School winner and overall winner were also revealed during the evening.

As the Secondary School winner, Adam will receive a prize of £1,000 to be spent on art and computer equipment. The School will also receive £5,000 from the Saatchi Gallery to provide high-quality materials art materials and develop pupils’ creative potential.

The competition was judged by a panel which this year included artist Alice Anderson; writer and curator Alistair Hicks; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery; Megan Piper, Gallerist and Founder of The Line; and Dea Vanagan, Director of Hauser & Wirth Somerset.

‘Bolton School: A Modern Tradition’ represents three months of Adam’s AS Art and Design coursework, though it took much longer than this to create, and forms part of a larger project with the theme of architecture. The piece is based on Adam’s interpretation of Bolton School. In his explanation for The Saatchi Gallery website, he wrote about the “success of blending innovation with tradition” at the School and said: “My work displays this juxtaposition between the old and new. Initially, you are greeted with the grand façade: the clock tower and main arch… Enter through the piece however and an explosion resonates modern complexity. Old chairs and desks speak of the thousands of past students that once worked at them. As a whole, the work is a celebration of Bolton School, for indeed it is timeless, but also speaks of its time and place.”

The piece will remain on display at the Saatchi Gallery as part of the exhibition of shortlisted works for one week.


The installation can be viewed in 360 degree virtual reality here.

Click and drag on the screen to look around at ‘Bolton School: A Modern Tradition’ as it stands in situ in the Great Hall, and press the arrows at the bottom of the screen to switch between the ‘traditional’ and ‘modern’ sides of the piece.


Exhibition Details:

5 to 13 July 2017

Saatchi Gallery,
Duke of York’s HQ,

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