23 Apr 2013

Savills and Bishop’s Stortford College have joined forces to recognise the achievements of GCSE art students. Savills is awarding three cash prizes to outstanding pupils at the College as well as displaying thirty pieces of artwork by sixth formers in its North Street office over the course of the year.

John Wootton, head of office for Savills in Bishop’s Stortford, explains: “As a local business within Bishop’s Stortford we wanted to support the College in some way in 2013. At the same time we had a genuine business need for some new and different artwork to display in our recently refurbished office. We have agreed to display ten works of art at a time from the sixth form students, with these changing three times a year.”

“We wanted something different and quirky for our office, to provoke thought and conversation with our clients and some of the pieces are really doing that. It’s exciting to see what will be unwrapped in April when the artwork changes. It’s a great way of keeping things fresh and offering students a gallery in the high street. We also wanted to reward the efforts of the students currently working for their GCSEs so have judged and awarded three prizes based on their course work. Cutting the short list of six to the three prize winners was extremely difficult as the quality of work was quite extraordinary.”

Richard Honey, head of art for Bishop’s Stortford College, added: “Reactions to your work provides important feedback for an artist. When Savills approached us with the idea of displaying student art in their office and running an award scheme for our GCSE art students, we were keen to take up the invitation to showcase some of the outstanding work produced by our student artists to a wider audience. Savills’ interest in supporting our young artists is a wonderful endorsement of the students’ dedication and hard work.”

John Wootton announced the results of the 2013 Savills GCSE Coursework Awards at the Bishop’s Stortford College Senior School Art Centre on Wednesday 20th March, awarding the 1st prize of £150 to Ellysia Lewin, who “demonstrated exceptional creativity”, 2nd prize of £100 to Georgia Crump for “the outstanding talent shown in her drawing, printing and painting” and 3rd prize of £50 to Emily Lynch for “the impressive layering technique used in her series of photographs”.

1st prize winner, sixteen year old Ellysia, commented: “I’d worked so hard since starting my coursework in September, so was really pleased when I heard my name announced as the winner. None of us knew what the prizes would be, so when I opened up the envelope I was shocked at the generosity of Savills. I think it is great that they want to be involved and encourage us in this way.”