Bolton School Sixth Form Girls

Student’s Portrait Wins Art Competition

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A portrait by Sixth Form student Emilie Fielding has been named a winner in The Horsfall’s 2020 Art Competition. The competition, which opened for submissions during the Covid-19 lockdown, was on the theme of portraits. The website reads: ‘through recent events we’ve had limited contact with others and we want to celebrate coming back together with an exhibition of people.’

Emilie was encouraged to enter by her art teachers because of her recent projects looking into portraiture and the artist Afarin Sajedi.

She said: ‘I originally looked into the artist and created the piece through my investigation into Transformation. Afarin Sajedi creates large, acrylic, surrealist portraits and so I decided on a large canvas to paint a portrait in the style of her work, which included changing the proportions of the face and painting in acrylic.’

Her striking portrait of a ‘mushroom lady’ was named one of six winners by the Horsfall creative agents. Emilie received £100 of Fred Aldous vouchers and her piece has been included in an online and public exhibition.

She said: ‘I had never won an art competition before and so knowing I had won meant a lot to me, especially as the voucher could help go towards art supplies for after I leave school.’

The Horsfall is a gallery and space for creative engagement which is part of young people’s mental health charity 42nd Street. This Greater Manchester based charity provides free and confidential services to young people experiencing difficulties with their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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