Birkenhead Sixth Form College’s Summer Art Show Principal’s Prize winners announced

This year’s Birkenhead Sixth Form College Principal’s Summer Art Show prize has been shared between two incredible final year artists.

The annual Summer Art Show showcases the culmination of students’ work across A Levels in Fine Art, Graphics and Textiles, and also the pre-university Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

This year’s Principal’s prize after the exhibition, which was attended by a host of visitors, staff and students, was awarded jointly to Hannah Robertson and Leah Holland.

In an event which turns the entire Art & Design department’s purpose-built building into a gallery for the evening, Principal Mike Kilbride narrowed down Hannah and Leah’s work for special praise amongst a litany of creative abilities and flair, citing this year’s choice particularly difficult.

Mike said, “In the past there has always been one piece or one body of work that stood out. This year, there are two artists whose body of work is of such exceptional quality that it is frankly impossible to separate them.”

He explained, “Hannah’s body of work was universally impressive: her technical skill was astonishing and her interpretation captivating. She did what only really great artists can do – she gave three dimensional life and depth on two dimensions.

“I was taken with all her work but my favourite and the piece I would like to bring into the college collection was the family scene with the pram in the background. This had a particular personal evocation for me as well as just being endlessly interesting.”

Hannah Robertson
Leah Holland
Hannah Robertson
Leah Holland

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