How weird is it for Damien Hirst, the most commercially successful artist on earth, to be judging teenage artists for a show held at an auction-house?
This makes Jack Tilton’s “School Days” show last spring look really responsible toward the educational process. I guess since galleries and arts schools are leery of auction houses, the only solution is to build up a relationship before the kids even go to art school….
Full Christies PR Release follows:
THE ARTISTS OF TOMORROW UNVEILED TODAY!
Exhibition of Britain’s Rising Arts Talent to be staged by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and Christie’s this September
National Art Competition and Exhibition
4 - 15 September 2006 All Welcome — Admission Free
Christie’s 8 King Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QT
An exciting new national art exhibition will be staged in September at Christie’s auction house at King Street in London. The exhibition will be an unprecedented celebration of Britain’s up and coming artistic talent and will unveil a selection of the best artwork generated in Specialist Arts Schools and Academies across the country. Spanning the spectrum of two and three-dimensional visual arts, the exhibition at Christie’s will showcase the wealth of talent, the high calibre of work and the enthusiasm of students and staff working in Specialist Schools and Academies.
Over 80 works of art will be selected for the exhibition with two individual artworks chosen as the leading examples of the year’s submissions. The winning artworks will be in two age group categories: 14 - 16 and 16 - 19 year olds. They will be selected by a panel of leading figures in the art world as well as Christie’s experts. The judging panel for 2006 will be chaired by Damien Hirst.. The winners will be announced on 1 September 2006 at Christie’s.
“Christie’s are delighted to be launching this national competition and exhibition with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust”, said Edward Dolman, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s International. “In the 18th century, our founder James Christie spearheaded the support and promotion of both young and established artists through his work in contemporary London. Today, in the 21st century and as global market leaders in the buying and selling of Contemporary Art, we feel a responsibility to support the creation of artworks in schools and to provide a new platform to encourage the artists of tomorrow in the vibrant art environment of today.”
Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive of the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, said:
“Specialist Arts Colleges and Academies nurture talented young artists and this competition will reward these students for their excellent work. By providing them with the chance to exhibit their artwork in a professional environment, we hope to encourage and identify the artists of the future. Specialist schools nurture their talent and this exciting exhibition, generously supported by Christie’s, provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase how well it is developing.”
Notes to Editors:
- Teachers were invited to initially submit up to five pieces of student work from each Specialist Arts School. Three are two age group categories: 14 - 16 and 16 - 19 year olds. No more than three pieces from either age group categories were submitted in digital format to the first selection panel.
- The two winners will receive £1,500 each with £500 awarded to the runner-up in each category. Each winner will also receive £1,000 for their school.
- The eligible work ranged from drawings, paintings, prints, textiles and sculpture through to glass, animation or digital photography. Work may be grouped for display purposes in to common themes or displayed alongside artwork using similar media. However there is no prescriptive theme or category for the submission of work.
- From the original submissions, two hundred commended works have been put forward by SSAT to the judging panel. Schools were notified of this first panel decision in June 2006 and asked to prepare selected work for collection for delivery to Christie’s in July.
- In August 2006, the official panel of judges choose a Winner and Runner up in each of the two age group categories. The awarding panel will be made up of leading figures in the art world including Christie’s specialists as well as representatives from the SSAT. The panel of judges will be chaired by Damien Hirst, and also includes critic and writer for The Art Newspaper, Louisa Buck.
- The works chosen for the exhibition will be announced in August 2006.
- The exhibition will be unveiled on 4 September 2006 and the winners will be presented with their awards at a special ceremony.
- During the exhibition a series of student workshops will run in conjunction with the Young@Art department at The University of the Arts London. Students will be invited to visit the exhibition and discuss the alternative methods and outcomes used in response to themes and topics. Practical workshops will follow in the university building. Students and their teachers will have the opportunity to work with practicing artists / lecturers from the fine art department to explore related media and materials.
- The Specialist Schools and Academies Trust is the leading national body for secondary education in England, part funded by the DfES, delivering the Government’s Specialist Schools and Academies programme. The Government’s aim is that by 2010 all schools will be specialist or academies. The Trust seeks to give more young people access to a good secondary education by building networks, sharing practice and supporting schools. The Trust’s way of working is based on the principle ‘by schools for schools’. There are over 3,000 schools affiliated to the Trust including primary, secondary and special schools and Academies.