Schools art competition

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Schools ‘Art on Show’ project celebrates work produced within schools in the borough, and aims to encourage children and young people to pursue and develop their interests and talents in art.  

Art on Show: Schools Art Competition and Exhibition is held annually at Leighton House Museum, the former home of Lord Frederic Leighton, a leading Victorian artist. In his role as president of the Royal Academy, Lord Leighton was recognised for the special care he took to nurture young up-and-coming artists, which makes Leighton House Museum a particularly appropriate and memorable venue for the Art on Show project. Now in its fifteenth year, the project is well established with exciting plans for development in the coming year.

Art on Show: Schools Art Competition and Exhibition takes place in June and is open to all schools in the borough. Students aged 3 to 18 years are invited to submit artwork in a range of mediums. The exhibition showcases the shortlisted artworks at Leighton House Museum, specially selected by a panel of judges. The artwork is framed and curated for the exhibition. 

Students from participating schools are invited to attend a special Prize-Giving Day at Leighton House Museum, where certificates and cash prizes sponsored by local art galleries are awarded by the Mayor of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. 

This year over 80 specially selected art works have been submitted by schools for this year's schools art competition and were exhibited at Leighton House Museum.

Schools Art Competition 2014 winners:

Drawing/Painting
First prize: 'The Old Teddy'
By Leah Noirot, age 7
Falkner House

Second prize: 'Under the Skin'
By Eva Apodiacos, age 17
Queen's Gate Secondary School

Third prize: ''Untitled'
By Sarah Bagheri, age 15
Holland Park School

Applied Art
First prize: 'Trampolining'
By Sunlight Johnson, age 16
Sion-Manning RC Girls School

Second prize: 'Force of Nature'
By Isiuwa Igbinomwanhia, age 16
Sion-Manning RC Girls School

Third prize: 'My mum, me and my sisters'
By Maria Parsnejad, age 9
Hill House International Junior School

Photography/Digital Art
First prize: 'Reflection of My Reality 1'
By Paris Beyk, age 17
David Game College

Leighton Art Prize
'Exhausted'
By Caroline Cheung, age 18
Ashbourne Sixth Form College

You can view the art work from the exhibition in an online gallery here.

The prizes are sponsored by the Friends of Leighton House, Park Gallery and Flow Gallery.

Art on Show: Schools Art Loan programme

The Council has launched the new initiative this year to build upon the success of the Art on Show project. Under the scheme, local businesses that sign up to the programme will be able to loan original artworks created by students studying in the borough, to enhance their office spaces. 

The work is presented to professional gallery standards, and businesses are able to choose artworks from the schools art exhibition to hire for a period of up to 12 months. Taking part in the programme offers a unique opportunity for businesses to link Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with an enhanced working environment and employee wellbeing.

Find out more about Art On Show: Schools Art Loan programme.