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    Top Awards for Talented Artists

    Senior School artists recognised for their creative skills in the Cambridgeshire Area Young Artists Competition.

    Two Senior School artists have been recognised for their creative skills in the annual Cambridgeshire Area Young Artists Competition (CAYAC), held this year at Cottenham Village College.

    Ross Heylen (2nd Form) won the Key Stage 3 category with his colourful mono print portrait (currently seen on the cover of our Arts Week brochure), while Thomas Leigh-Smith (Fifth Form) won Key Stage 4 with his detailed dry point etching. Both attended an awards ceremony on 17 March, where they received prizes of sketchbooks and drawing materials.

    More than one hundred pieces of art were on display at the exhibition, with entries from pupils aged from five to eighteen. CAYAC organiser Mr Steve Ferris, commenting on the competition, said: “‘I am always moved emotionally by the sheer quality and variety of the work submitted and have to complement the teachers who help bring the paintings and drawings to fruition.”

    Kimbolton School Head of Art Mrs Lisa Bamford added: “This competition is a showcase of the best artwork from many schools in the area. This is the third year that we have entered and won multiple awards. The judges are a panel of art professionals, who are unaware of the pupil’s identity or school; it is nice for all concerned to receive validation about their work from judges who know a good piece of art when they see it. In 2020, we hope it might be possible to host the CAYAC exhibition at Kimbolton as part of our next Arts Week.”