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Ashford Senior School student wins in United Learning’s International Art Competition

Anthony Mark, A Year 12 Art student at Ashford School, has been selected as the runner-up in the
United Learning annual Art Competition. His winning artwork will be displayed at the National Art
Centre in Tokyo, Japan, representing the United Kingdom in the celebrated International High School
Arts Festival from 4 to 15 August 2021.

Anthony shared his inspiration for his artwork: “My piece is titled ‘Software’ and it represents how
technology is at the forefront of modern day thinking. This is obviously shown in science, with
technological advancements being made each day, simply due to the human thirst for more technology.
It is shown by the younger generation as technology plays a massive part in their life. A lot of their
thinking is based around what to post on social media, what website to shop on, or searching for help
with homework online. Hence why I called the piece ‘Software’ and put the phones around the head as
it demonstrates how technology is essentially the mainframe in the thinking of the younger generation.”

This year’s professional artists involved in the judging were Francesca Skelhorn and Meha Hindocha.
Meha’s comments on Anthony’s artwork were indicative of the talent he displays: “Great portrait set on
a really playful background. The focal point of the eyes works really well too. There's something really
interesting about this piece that kept bringing my attention back to it.”

Headmaster of Ashford School, Mr Michael M. Hall, said: “We are so proud of Anthony’s achievement!
To be placed in the top four out of 31 high-calibre entries is a fantastic accomplishment. We look
forward to watching this young man’s art career go from strength to strength.”

Now in its 13th year, this national competition encourages students aged between 15 and 18 to develop
their creativity, imagination and artistic talents by creating and submitting an original piece of
artwork. Students have full artistic license to draw, print or paint whoever or whatever inspires them.
The only requirements are that their piece is flat and has maximum dimensions of 1x1m.

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