Royal Gazette: Young talent on show in national trust art competition
More than 200 pieces of art were submitted by pupils for the Bermuda National Trust’s 2023 Student Art Competition
This year’s contest, sponsored by insurance company Sompo International, had the heritage theme of Bermuda People and Parishes.
Work by pupils from primary, middle and senior schools was first judged by artists Jahbarri Wilson, Jill Amos Raine and Elizabeth Allred, with Vincent Chaves representing the Bermuda National Trust.
Final judging took place at Sompo International, where 20 company employees chose the winners.
Anna Stevenson, the BNT heritage education co-ordinator, said: “The Bermuda National Trust is extremely grateful to Sompo International for sponsoring this fantastic opportunity for Bermuda’s young artists to explore this year’s heritage theme.
“The entries showed extraordinary imagination and, as in previous years, the artistic talent on display was very impressive indeed.
“The judges had a difficult task.”
In the 9 to 12-year age group, first place and a prize of $300 was awarded to Savana Walters, for Bermudaful Colours, a pastel drawing of dancing Gombeys with an audience.
Second place, with a prize of $175, went to Siena Walters for Island Life.
Julia Stoppa took third place with a prize of $75 for Canvas from the Past, Threads for the Future.
Honourable mentions were given to Ruth Correia, Samiya Senthamaraikannan and Izabela Dobre.
For artists in the 13 to 18-year age group, first place and a prize of $500 was awarded to Fergus O’Connell for Champions of Our Parishes, a pencil drawing showing Clarence Maxwell, Flora Duffy and Clyde Best.
In second place, with a prize of $300, was Seri Fisher for The Heart of Bermuda.
Quinton Russell earned third place and $175 for his piece, Man over St George’s.
Honourable mentions were awarded to Isaac Todd, Johnny Thomason and Laurisa Souza.
An exhibition of the wining works will be on display in the reception area of Sompo International at Waterloo House on Pitts Bay Road until December 10.