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28 April 2017

Two Young Artists Gain Scholarships to King's

Two talented young artists have just won prestigious scholarships to King's and will commence their studies in September.

Liv Brownlie, who is 13 and attends Perrott Hill Prep School, has been awarded the The Silvermead Scholarship at King’s – an award created to celebrate the opening of the school’s magnificent new art studio earlier this year.

The young artist submitted a portfolio of work, along with a large number of other applicants, before being interviewed by the King’s College Head of Art, Clare Schmidt.

Commenting on the North Perrott pupil’s application, Clare said: Liv presented an exciting and inventive portfolio and she is clearly a very creative individual. The metal dress she made was stunning, both as a finished piece and through its journey from bedsprings in a skip. Her sculptural work is an obvious strength and her willingness to explore and experiment with a wide range of materials was lovely to see. She was able to explain how she had used artist research and gallery visits to inspire her own work and her sketchbooks reflected an abundance of ideas as well as an understanding of how to develop these to create successful final outcomes.”

She added: Liv articulated her ideas well and was able to talk about her strengths and weaknesses with an impressive level of maturity. She completed a confident, expressive drawing in the practical task. Overall I feel Liv has great potential as an artist and much to offer the art department at King’s.

Joining Liv in September will be Kenyan pupil Mia Ghir. Mia, who attends The Banda School in Nairobi, applied for another newly-instituted art award at King’s – The Usanii Scholarship (Usanii, means ‘making art’ in Swahili). This award was open to applicants from East Africa, an area with which the school has strong links.

Commenting on Mia’s application, Clare said: “I was impressed with the way Mia presented herself during the skype interview: she clearly loves being creative and it was a pleasure to listen to her talk confidently about her portfolio and her influences. Mia showed both imagination and inventiveness through her experimenting and it was lovely to see her series of interesting and original studies of African people.”

She added: “I was particularly impressed with the paintings of crowds of African people and animals which demonstrated a strong understanding of composition and colour as well as an ability to work with great control. Mia has good drawing skills and the set tasks demonstrated that she can create technical observational work as well as a more personal, creative response. Mia demonstrated a clear potential in the subject through both her motivation and her practical work and I believe she would be an asset to the art department at King’s."

The school is looking forward to welcoming both girls in September.

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