Outreach Team supports Turner competition for aspiring young artists

04 May 2016

Canterbury Christ Church University is delighted to have recently supported and hosted the Turner Contemporary’s annual art competition, Portfolio.


Artwork by Zach Mills

Portfolio , now in its seventh year, provides young aspiring artists from schools and colleges across Kent and Medway with the opportunity to submit artwork to be judged, with the successful pieces included in a special exhibition at the Turner. This year’s theme for the competition was the interpretation of circles.

Students across seven different age categories were shortlisted by a panel of judges from the Turner Contemporary in Margate, Ilford Gallery Canterbury, Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Kent and University for the Creative Arts.

The awards ceremony was hosted and support by the University’s Outreach Team and presented by BAFTA winning writer, comedian, broadcaster and Canterbury Christ Church University alumnus, Jon Holmes.

Jayme Stevens, Manager of the Outreach Team, said: “We are thrilled to share this evening of celebration with students and their families. Each year I am astounded by the quality of the artwork from people as young as eight. We hope that this experience inspires young people to keep creating and exploring new ways to express themselves.”


Zach Mills with his father at the Portfolio awards ceremony. 

Zach Mills, from Bridge & Patrixbourne C of E Primary School, said: “Art is a fun hobby and I get to grow as an artist. It’s good to combine all mediums to get different textures and feels. This competition shows that many people can do art, being able to stand up in-front of everyone and accept it is amazing.”

Linus Nye, from Worth Primary school, was Highly Commended in the Key Stage 2 category. Shelley Nye, Linus’ mother, said: “What a fantastic event. Linus being announced as Highly Commended was very exciting. This competition has given so much confidence and pride to my son, he will never forget it.”

Winning artwork from each category will be exhibited in the Clore Learning Centre at the Turner Contemporary in Margate, 27 th May to 24 th July 2016.


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