Winners of the Dorset Art Prize 2020 announced!

Bournemouth & Poole College are delighted to announce the winners of the Dorset Art Prize.

The winners of the Dorset Art Prize 2020 were announced in a virtual awards ceremony on the College’s website. This year’s Dorset Art Prize took place under unprecedented circumstances and the College encouraged young people and adults to take creative inspiration from the current situation and use art to express themselves.  

The Dorset Art Prize was established by the College in 2014, with the support of Dorset Community Foundation Trust. The key objective of the Dorset Art Prize is to actively engage with all aspects of the community through encouraging and helping to create a broader, more inclusive vision for art locally. 

The theme for this year’s Dorset Art Prize was ‘Youth’. Entrants were encouraged to interpret and explore this theme in broad and figurative ways, as well as more literal considerations. 

Diane Grannell, Principal of Bournemouth & Poole College, said: “We founded the Dorset Art Prize seven years ago because we wanted to demonstrate the College’s commitment to the Arts locally. It’s been so pleasing to see the Dorset Art Prize go from strength to strength, not only in terms of the volume of entries but also in the breadth of talent. 

“We have been overwhelmed by the entries this year and would like to thank everyone who has taken the time and effort to participate in the competition. Congratulations to all of our award winners this year.” 

Every year an esteemed panel of judges reviews the huge variety of work to decide the finalists. This year’s entries were judged by Michael Spender, Museum and Arts Manager for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council; Rebecca Rossiter, Public Programming and Learning Manager, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council; Sibyl Fine King, Director of the Fine Family Foundation; Helen Marshall, an international award-winning visual artist; Julie Massie, an extremely well-regarded Ceramic artist; Jacqueline Hurley, widely regarded as the country’s foremost Remembrance artist; and Tony Worobiec, an established Fine Art photographer and author.

Bournemouth & Poole College is delighted to announce the winners of the 2020 Dorset Art Prize:

Years 10 and 11 Dorset students 
1st    Ella Barnes
2nd    Daniel Garncarz
3rd    Maggie Rushton

Years 12 and 13 Dorset students 
1st    Carla Anning
2nd    Kieran Davies
3rd    Kardelen Kurtolgu

1st    Sam Davies 
2nd    Danny Byrne
3rd    Bjorn Sjoling
Community Art Prize – Poole and East Dorset Arts Society (PEDAS)

School Art Prize – Parkstone Grammar School

The Dorset Art Prize 2021 will be launched in the new year.
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