Two Drapers Mills pupils have art shortlisted for Turner Contemporary exhibition

Drapers pupils Karina and Callum have had their art sent on to the judging stage

Two young artists from Drapers Mills primary school have had their creations shortlisted for the Turner Contemporary’s Portfolio Competition 2018.

Their work is among just 110 original pieces that will be presented to judges out of almost 1,800 entries from across Kent and Medway.

The theme of the competition is ‘Art, Animals and Us’ to coincide with Turner Contemporary’s Summer exhibition Animals and Us.

Drapers Mills pupils from years 4, 5 and 6 explored different mediums, including collage, sculpture, origami and even painting with whisked egg and feathers!

Karina in year 5 experimented with hand felt-making to produce a food inspired piece titled ‘Meat, Eggs, Dairy’.

Callum, also in year 5, collaged animal prints onto a variety of animal models, titled ‘Genetic Modification’.

Both budding artists enjoyed exploring the relationships that humans have with animals.

Prize winners will be announced on Tuesday, May 1, at a special prize giving ceremony in Canterbury. The winning entries will be exhibited at Turner Contemporary between  June 14 – September 2.

‘Animals and Us’ runs from Friday, May 25 – Sunday, September 30  and explores artists’ reflections on the relationship between humans and other animals.

Report by art teacher Gemma Comber