Five reach final of major competition

September 20, 2017

Five young artists from Burgess Hill Girls School have been chosen as finalists in the inaugural National Open Art Children’s Competition – a feat hailed by judges as ‘an incredible achievement’.

The judges said: ‘There were a high number of entrants from across the country and the judges were extremely impressed with the talent at the school. This is an incredible achievement.’

The girls’ work is being featured on the National Open Art website and will be on show at Chichester’sOxmarket Gallery in December.

The National Open Art Children’s Competition seeks to nurture and encourage children and young people of all ages and capabilities to engage in the arts and aims to inspire the next generation of artists and creatives.

Burgess Hill Girls, the top Sussex independent school, is fast gaining a reputation for the strength of its creative teaching. Pupils won no fewer than three prizes in the recent Festival of Quilts, the largest show of its type in Europe. And young textile star Allegra Cook, who has just completed her A-levels at the school, has had multiple success in National Textiles and Fashion Design competitions. She has already done work experience with iconic fashion designer Zandra Rhodes and also won a three-month internship with Vivienne Westwood.

Headteacher Liz Laybourn said: “As an important new report warns that the UK’s pipeline of creative talent is fracturing because art, media and design are being downgraded in schools, Burgess Hill Girls is even more determined to give creative subjects the importance they deserve in the curriculum. This latest success in the National Open Art Children’s Competition is a real thrill and I congratulate the girls concerned.”