Drapers Mills pupil Karina scoops first prize at Turner Contemporary competition

Karina Hanakova receives her prize

A Year 5 pupil from Drapers Mills primary in Margate has won first place in the Turner Contemporary’s prestigious Art Portfolio competition.

Portfolio is Turner Contemporary and Canterbury Christ Church University’s annual art competition for pupils, students and teachers in Kent and Medway. The competition celebrates creative talent across the county.

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

Karina Hanakova’s artwork was chosen by a judging panel from a shortlist of 110, from a record number of 1,796 original entries.

Karina was the overall winner of the Key Stage 2 category. She received her award at an exhibition and prize giving evening on  May 1 at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Karina’s winning artwork, titled ‘Meat, Eggs, Dairy’, will be exhibited at Turner Contemporary and seen by thousands of visitors to the gallery over the summer.

Karina chose to approach the animal theme in an unusual way, which really caught the judges attention. Eating animals and their produce is one of the closest ways, we as humans interact with animals. Karina decided to create bacon, eggs and milk using a hand felting process and food packaging for presenting the felt in.

Drapers Mills art teacher Gemma Comber said: “We are all immensely proud of Karina’s achievement and we are also pleased to have got fellow pupil Callum to the final 110.

“This is the second year running that Draper’s has scooped first prize in the Key Stage 2 category. Next year’s theme ‘Art Rebels’, is sure to ignite the children’s creativity to the max!”