The Saatchi Gallery to Present JOURNEYS Showcase Exhibition

Dafydd Williams Soldier number 2 (2012)

The Saatchi Gallery is delighted to present Journeys, an exhibition that showcases original shortlisted artworks from the 2009- 2015 Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools, alongside examples of students' current practice.

The Prize is one of the largest international competitions open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world, who are invited to submit students' artworks between the ages of 4 and 18.

This new exhibition tracks their journeys from secondary school art lessons to current creative enquiry in the studio, highlighting the importance of the Art Prize to young emerging talent.

Many shortlisted students go on to study at art school and work towards careers as practicing artists. Journeysprovides them with a significant platform to showcase their creative development.

The Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools aims to support and encourage budding young artists by providing them with a means to present their work, giving them the confidence to continue studying a creative subject or consider a career in the arts.

The Saatchi Gallery/ Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools 2016 exhibition has been extended and will run alongside Journeys. Both exhibitions will take over the entire top floor of the Gallery.

Journeys features work from twelve young artists:

Ola Arent, Shortlisted 2014
Shemi Black, Winner 2015
Daisy Carrick-Smith, Shortlisted 2015
Lucja Jain, Shortlisted 2011
James Lomax, Shortlisted 2009
Lauren Mincher, Winner 2009
Max Openshaw, Shortlisted 2015
Rosie Rendles, Runner-up 2014
Julia Whiting, Winner 2011
Dafydd Williams, Winner 2012
Zander Whitehurst, Shortlisted 2010
Grace Wooler, Shortlisted 2011

CEO of the Saatchi Gallery, Nigel Hurst says, "It is a privilege to exhibit such engaging works from young artists. Drawing from the success of the previous Art Prizes, Journeys provides students with a rare opportunity to show their current works to our international audience. We are delighted that the Prize has been able to support these students and has acted as a springboard for their artistic endeavours."

Over the years the panel of judges has included Artists Sir Peter Blake, Antony Gormley, Marc Quinn, Bob and Roberta Smith and Julia Wachtel. Other notable judges have included Alistair Hicks, Senior Curator for Deutsche Bank; Nigel Hurst, CEO of the Saatchi Gallery; Jeremy Newton, CEO of Children & the Arts; Alastair Smart, Arts Editor and Chief Art Critic of the Sunday Telegraph and Alastair Sooke, Art Critic and Broadcaster, The Telegraph and BBC.

The Saatchi Gallery has a 30-year-long history of supporting emerging artists and bringing contemporary art to as wide an audience as possible.

Deutsche Bank's support of the Prize is part of its Born to Be youth engagement programme. Born to Be aims to break the cycle of youth unemployment through early intervention and is dedicated to helping the next generation fulfil their potential by raising aspirations, developing skills and providing access to opportunities.

The support of Deutsche Bank has enabled the Saatchi Gallery to offer tailored artist-led workshops to pupils from schools where the need is greatest. The workshops increase pupils' understanding of fine art processes and provide the opportunity to work with specialist art materials, helping pupils to explore and realise their creative potential. This year artist-led Continued Professional Development (CPD) workshops were introduced for art teachers from these schools. The workshops aim to support art teachers who are working with limited resources by providing space, time, solutions and ideas to approaching art making, and ultimately serve to open up the Schools Prize to students from all educational backgrounds.

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