Four students from Guernsey and Jersey who won an art competition earlier this year have all recently returned from once-in-a-lifetime prize experiences at the Saatchi Gallery in London and the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin.
The unique prizes for the ‘Deutsche Bank Community Art Works’ competition, part of Deutsche Bank’s 40th Anniversary celebrations in the Channel Islands, had been specially arranged by the Bank through its global art connections.
Winners in the Senior (Over 18s) category Monika Drabot in Guernsey and Jocelyn Anquetil in Jersey were given week-long internships at the prestigious Deutsche Guggenheim Museum in Berlin as their prize, being shown how the Museum operates and assisting with its day-to-day operations. The Museum represents a unique collaboration between Deutsche Bank and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation.
Meanwhile, the Junior (Under 18s) winners, Charlotte Thomson in Guernsey and Scarlett Moore in Jersey, enjoyed a trip to London to view their winning artworks hanging in the renowned Saatchi Gallery as part of its Schools Exhibition. They also visited Deutsche Bank’s London headquarters where they were given a tour of the Bank’s art collection by Alistair Hicks, the Bank’s Senior Art Advisor.
Over 90 students across the Channel Islands entered the competition, which challenged them to create a piece of artwork based around Deutsche Bank’s core claim ‘Passion to Perform’. Mentor sessions were also given to the students by local artists, with shortlisted works ultimately being publicly exhibited in both islands early in the summer.
Guernsey Junior winner Charlotte Thomson, who attends Ladies College, summed up her unique London experience:
“I honestly do not know how to put in to words how amazing it felt to see my art work hanging in the Saatchi Gallery, it was so overwhelming and at the time did not feel real. It was a total shock to be awarded the prize because the entries were of such a high standard. I was totally blown away by the other entries and definitely did not expect to win.”
Jersey Senior winner Jocelyn Anquetil also had an amazing time in Berlin at the Deutsche Guggenheim:
“In attempting to experience what it is like to work at an international museum, I walked around wearing a t-shirt saying ‘Talk to Me’. A number of tourists did – in German! Despite the obvious language barriers, I managed to help a three year-old make a butterfly out of rubbish during one of the children’s art session, which the Museum regularly holds for the community.”
Jacqui Rutter, Head of Art at Hautlieu School in Jersey, added:
“The students accomplished a standard beyond their age-range, which was displayed at the public exhibitions. This was due to the excitement of the challenge and the incentive of winning such amazing prizes.”
Andreas Tautscher, Chief Country Officer of Deutsche Bank in the Channel Islands, commented:
“Deutsche Bank has one of the largest global corporate art collections, with more than 50,000 works of art exhibited in its offices around the world. More specifically, the Bank globally has a tradition for fostering art in the community, and supports a number of art initiatives in the Channel Islands. I’m delighted that the four winners of our Community Art Works competition enjoyed their experiences and hope it will inspire them all in their future career paths.”
Following the success of the Community Art Works initiative, students in the Channel Islands are being encouraged to enter the worldwide Saatchi Gallery/Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools Competition 2012, sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools around the world, the competition offers a first prize of £10,000 for the winning school’s art department, with a further £2,000 for the winning pupil to be spent on art and computer equipment. The deadline for entries is Monday 10th December, with further information available at http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/portfolio.