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  • Auden Woodall, Self-portrait, MidKent College (Winner of the Turner Contemporary Award for Bold Conceptual Approach)
  • Ellie Dixon-Coyte, My Fragmented Self, Simon Langton School for Girls (Winner of the Secondary Key Stage 4 category)
Turner Contemporary’s annual art competition, Portfolio, celebrates the talent and success of aspiring artists from across Kent. The competition is open to all pupils and students aged 4 to18 and to members of staff from any institution in Kent whose primary function is the care and education of young people. The 30 winning entries will be exhibited in Turner Contemporary’s Clore Learning Studio from 2 April until 10 May 2015. An additional 150 shortlisted works will digitally accompany the exhibition, projected on-loop.

This year’s competition theme is This is ME! and is inspired by Sir Anthony van Dyck’s last Self-portrait on display in the gallery’s current exhibition, Self: Image and Identity (until 11 May 2015). Portfolio gives students and staff the exciting opportunity to showcase their work at one of the UK’s leading visual arts galleries and alongside Self, which includes works by Sarah Lucas, Damien Hirst, David Hockney and Andy Warhol.

This year’s Portfolio competition has received a record 1200 entries, inspiring children and adults to get creative, making new works in Kent. Entries were particularly encouraged by outreach sessions delivered by Canterbury Christ Church University in schools across Kent. 
Entries have been divided into age-band categories and judged by a panel of experts, with prizes being awarded for first, second and highly commended places across each category. The competition also includes categories for staff and for pupils attending special schools. Turner Contemporary, the Lilford Gallery and Canterbury Christ Church University will award their own prizes to those artists whose work shows artistic flair and creativity.

Following the prize-giving ceremony at Augustine House, Canterbury Christ Church University on 4 March 2015, Turner Contemporary are pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of Portfolio 2015:

Primary CCCU Award: At the Beginning (Key Stage 1)
  • Charlie Milligan, Northbourne C of E Primary School (First)
  • Samuel Bird, Herne Bay Infants School (Second)
  • Gabriel Colton, St Stephen’s Infants School (Highly Commended)
  • Adele Comas-Kendall, St Stephen’s Infants School (Highly Commended)
  • Sonny Elstrom, Wincheap Primary School (Highly Commended)
Primary (Key Stage 2)
  • Travis Tasker, St Thomas’ Catholic Primary School (First)
  • Cordy Shedden, St Nicholas-at-Wade Primary School (Second)
  • Charlie Maynard-Wallis, Chartham Primary School, (Highly Commended)
  • Macey Pask, Minster C of E Primary School, (Highly Commended)
Secondary (Key Stage 3)
  • Morgan Kennedy, Wilmington Grammar School for Boys (First)
  • Lucy Wu, Wellesley House (Second)
  • Finn Callow, the Norton Knatchbull School (Highly Commended)
Secondary (Key Stage 4)
  • Ellie Dixon-Coyte, Simon Langton School for Girls (First)
  • Olivia Smith, Hillview School for Girls (Second)
  • Melissa Brincat, The Canterbury Academy (Highly Commended)
Secondary (Key Stage 5)
  • Lauren Moule, Maplesden Noakes School (First)
  • Joseph Baxter, Barton Court Grammar School (Highly Commended)
  • Sophie Strotton, Herne Bay High School  (Highly Commended)
CCCU Award: Special School
  • Robbie Riddell, The Royal School for the Deaf (First)
  • Lloyd McKay, St Anthony’s School (Second)
  • Marlon Evaristo-Tunstall, Laleham Gap School (Highly Commended)
Further Education (16-18 years)
  • Nicholas Burton, MidKent College (First)
  • Tyler Wilkinson, Canterbury College (Highly Commended)
  • Alesha Mundt, MidKent College (Highly Commended)
Kent Art Teachers Network Award: Staff
  • Jacinta Read, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (First)
  • Sarah-Jane Stewart, The Foreland School (Highly Commended)
David Lilford Most Promising Artist Award
  • Kathryn Cutler-MacKenzie, Chatham and Clarendon Grammar School (First)
  • Sidney O’Leary, Canterbury College (Highly Commended)
Turner Contemporary Award for Bold Conceptual Approach
  • Auden Woodall, MidKent College (First)
  • Julia Dzialowa, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (Highly Commended)

Primary Times is the media partner for Portfolio. Sponsors and Partners of Portfolio 2015 are: Canterbury Christ Church University, University for the Creative Arts, Go Vicinity Creative, MidKent College, Lilford Gallery, Thanet Decorative and Fine Arts Society, Lovelys Gallery, Kent Art Teachers Network, University of Kent, Kent and Medway Progression Federation, East Kent College and Canterbury College.

Posted by: Turner Contemporary on Mon 2 Mar 2015