International Prep School iart competition won by local Haywards Heath pupil

1st Ardingly College Prep School iart winner Billy Rampling 11 with Winston Churchill portrait

Prizegiving event and winning painting

11-year old pupil from Ardingly College Prep School in Haywards Heath is awarded winner of iart 2022. Finalists competed against 161 entries from children aged 6 to 13 from over 70 of the world’s schools.

Iart 2022 asked children to submit a piece of artwork which represented something or someone who inspired them, these artworks will be shown at an iart 2022 prizegiving event at St Ethelburga’s, Bishopsgate, this June.

Local pupil from Ardingly College Prep School in Haywards Heath, West Sussex, has won in international school competition, iart 2022, for his painting of his role model, Winston Churchill.

Iart competition winner and runner up

Entries ranged from portraits of parents and friends to David Attenborough, Enid Blyton, Michelle Obama and the NHS. Pupils embraced techniques including sculpting, pencil, watercolour and impressionist art. Schools encouraged pupils to use creativity as an outlet for emotion when other extra-curricular activities were impossible due to restrictions.

Billy Rampling, aged 11, will receive vouchers for a local bookshop for his efforts, as well as recognition at iart 2022 gallery, showcasing the finalists’ artwork.

Fellow pupil Annal Calkins, aged 11, is also named a runner up of the competition for her depiction of the person that inspires her most, Jane Goodall DBE.

Billy Rampling, said: “My role model is Winston Churchill because I was amazed at how he came into office and within five years won us the war. He completely changed the way we approached the war and he did so much for us.”

Independent Association of Prep Schools on iart

Christopher King, Chief Executive Officer of Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), said: “We say it every year, but the quality and creativity of artwork we receive each year never fails to impress us.

“This year we wanted to tap into what has inspired the children most over the course of Covid-19, and it’s been humbling to see portraits of friends who have encouraged them to be themselves, parents who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic, and popular celebrities in sport, literature, art and environmental activism all coming through.

“We’ve been inspired reviewing the entries this year, and we truly believe the competition is a valuable way to encourage creativity and imagination within students. My warmest congratulations and huge thanks to every student that participated, and we look forward to seeing the finalists artwork presented on the wall at our iart exhibition.”

IAPS art competition

The competition has been running since 2013 and is renowned for the high standard of its entries from pupils aged 6 to 13 from across the world’s leading prep schools, with 1245 pupils taking place since it launched.

Established and run by the IAPS, and judged by its Chief Executive Christopher King, the initiative aims to showcase the innovative and inspiring artwork pupils in member schools produce. The criteria are skill, creativity and whether the pieces ‘stand out’ to the judges.


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