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To read the in-depth history of the South West Academy's work with schools and Young Artists, click here.

For work by the winners of the 2013 Young Artists award click here.

First Prize
Molly Allen
King Edward VI College, Totnes
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Second Prize
Emma Salter
Honiton Community College
The Wedding (Click image to enlarge)
Third Prize
Emily Jones
Braunton Academy, Braunton
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The following work was highly commended:
(Work by students at St. Peter's High School, Exeter; Stover School, Totnes; King Edward VI College, Totnes; Braunton Academy, Braunton).
At the very beginning of the work of the Academy and toward the fulfilment of the education objectives as laid down by the founders, a committee was formed to manage and deliver an annual exhibition dedicated to children's work for, using a quote from Phil Creek, then Devon Adviser for Art and Design, in the first exhibition's catalogue 'Art and design are both a significant and vital means of developing cultural understanding and creativity in young people'. The Children's exhibition grew to be a vital component of the Academy's annual event calendar making a significant and essential contribution to the achievement of the Academy's charitable status.

The first exhibition, Me and My World was held in May 2001 at The Phoenix Exeter, attracting a wide range of high quality two and three-dimensional work from pupils ages four years and upwards, from primary, secondary and special needs schools in our region. Six further highly successful exhibitions were to follow in succeeding years:


2002: A Special Place, Exeter Phoenix
2003: Through My Own Eyes, Exeter Phoenix
2004: Drawing From Experience, Exeter Phoenix
2005: It Appears to Me..., Exeter Phoenix
2006/07: Our Environment, Cube 3 Gallery, Plymouth University
2008: Life's Journeys, Exeter Cathedral


It would be difficult to overstate the immense effort that went into the staging of these exhibitions and the debt that is owed to the dedicated team of volunteers who made them happen. Careful mounting of each selected entry, professional photography for the catalogue, prestigious award ceremonies and overall application of the highest standards ensured that for each participant the recognition and display of their work would be inspirational, and also a statement of a standard in art that others could both admire and aspire to follow. Alongside the exhibitions, established artists visited schools to conduct workshops and demonstrations enhancing the preparation work in each participating school.


Bridget Trethewey was chair for the Academy's first Schools'/Young Artists' Exhibition in 2001. Professor Robert Clements OBE SWAc (former art advisor for Devon) took the chair for the 2002 and 2003 exhibitions, and Ann Roe Jones SWAc (former head of art and design at Colyton Grammar School) for the remaining exhibitions in 2004, 2005, 2006/07 and for the final exhibition in 2008 after which the mantle of responsibility for this annual event passed to the County. The current Trustees have now introduced a new open award for young artists, launched at the 2013 Open Exhibition with great acclaim.


For a more in-depth history of the South West Academy's work with schools and Young Artists, click here.
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