Farnham Maltings is delighted to present the Finalist’s Exhibition for the second Young Artist Award, in conjunction with the Maltings annual Youth Arts Festival: Spark. This year we invited budding artists to submit works under the theme of ‘Visions of the Future’. We have received some extraordinary entries, so do join us in celebrating the creative talent of local young people- the artists of the future.

We received over 100 entries to the Award, with incredible diversity in terms of subject matter, ranging from the more apocalyptic to the sci-fi technological. The ideas presented were fantastically imaginative and intelligent; we were very impressed with all of the entries! Following the success of the inaugural Young Portrait Artist Award 2016, ‘Visions of the Future’ has proven to be a popular subject matter.

Our judges Charlie Betts (artist and educator), Outi Remes (Director of New Ashgate Gallery) and Paul Smith (London-based painter), chose 5 Finalists from each Media Category (Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting). We have also awarded 3 Maltings Commendations and 3 Special Mentions. At the Awards Ceremony on 24th March all of our winners will be invited on stage and awarded a certificate by the Mayor. 3 overall prize-winners will also be announced.

The Maltings Young Artist Award 2017 is proudly supported by creative firm Stride Treglown, who specialise in town planning, architecture, urban and interior design.
Some of our prizes were also donated by local graphic and fine art suppliers Pullingers, which holds a reputation of quality and value, the destination for art materials in Surrey.

IMG_2927Drawing
Blue City, Annabelle Gant (6 yrs) “In the future I think we’ll have cities built on water so we can make more space for the people living here.”
Cloudotopia!, Carly Emmerson (9 yrs) “Clouds, space, aliens and the movie Back to the Future all inspired me to make this artwork. I thought if people could live in the sky then they would be away from problems like earthquakes and there would be more space. I used pens so I could colour the fine details.”
Face of the Future, Elarose England (12 yrs) “Maybe in the future mankind will evolve into robots?”
Our Ever Evolving World, Luke Dixon (10 yrs) “I was inspired by what I always thought the future to be like, such as towering buildings, floating transport and many spaceships. I chose using colouring pencils as I find I work best with them too.”
A Busy Future Awaits!, Nathaniel Joshua (8 yrs) “at first I had the idea to do a city with lots of detail then a thought popped into my head the city could be London! And I thought that old monuments would still be there. I like to draw using pen and pencil with lots of detail and when I’m finished I like to stand back and see it from a distance.”

IMG_2924Painting
Face to Face, Evie Coles (11 yrs) “I wanted to show the contrast between now and the future and I thought it was interesting to have them confronting each other face to face.”
Death of the Planet by Overpopulation, Jena Gregory (13 yrs) “I was concerned about the overpopulation and overdevelopment. I thought about the impact pollution would have on the earth and its natural beauty. I chose this medium because it gave my painting a smoggy look.”
My Vision of the Future, Mia Campbell-Harris (11 yrs) “I chose watercolour because it is my favourite medium to work with. I like the lines and patterns as it gives the painting characteristics of the future.”
The ‘Beautiful’ Sea, Molly Lindovist Farrant (11 yrs) “I made this artwork because in the future the sea can either look like the left side or the right side. I would like to see the left side win. Type of paint: Oil, Acrylic.”
City of the Sky, Zac Harrison (13 yrs) “I thought about the problem of overcrowding when I designed this piece of art. I thought how if we are going to continue to live on earth we need new ways to conserve space. Because of the way clouds are I chose watercolour.”

Mixed MediaMixed Media
Space at Night, Alice Locke (9 yrs)
“At first I did an oil pastel drawing and then altered and cut out parts to help assemble the final piece. I was thinking of a modern cityscape using the night sky as a canvas.”
Out of this World!, Annie Small (8 yrs) “I used this medium because it was fun to try new ways of being arty!” Our Ever Expanding Earth, Katia Dakin & Ava Brooks (10 yrs) “We chose to represent how quickly our cities are growing and expanding and how clearly they will be seen from space one day. We chose to use papier mache to give our model a more visual effect.” Mysterious Robot, Matilda Carver (9 yrs) “Robots and strange buildings… watercolour, pens and paper. I like using lots of things.”
The Future isn’t Change, Pheobe Brooks (14 yrs) “I wanted to create a piece of art that had a message, that the future could be brilliant but in some aspects it won’t have changed at all. There will probably still be poverty, hunger and despair, but I wanted to get across that there will always be hope.”

Mixed Media 2Maltings Commendations & Special Mentions
Future Life, Freya Johnson (11 yrs) “I thought that in the future robots would live amongst us and will be in our art, and they would drive in nice cars. I chose mixed media because it is modern.”
A Cry for Earth, Holly Calrk (15 yrs) “My artwork shows how the world is ever-changing and bad things will always arise. In the future events will take place while the rest of the world will be forced to watch.”
Nature’s Reclamation, Grace Balchin (14 yrs) “My piece is set around 50 years in the future. I was inspired by images from abandoned cities, areas like Chernobyl, where nature has reclaimed and took revenge.”

We would also like to give a special mention to three artists, Cameron Philp (14 yrs), Amelia Vintner (10 yrs) and Arlo Robert Conduct Hill (8 yrs) for their innovative pieces, who will also receive a certificate at the Awards Ceremony.

All of the winning works are on display in our Riverside Cafe Gallery until Thu 30 March.

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