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18 September

OV Annie wins The Georgina Terry Art Prize

Congratulations to OV Annie Park (Cl 13-20) who has been awarded The Georgina Terry Art Prize in recognition of the outstanding work she produced for her Pre-U Art during her Upper Sixth year.

This is the second year that the Art Prize, named after the Head of Art at King’s from 2014 to 2019, has been awarded, and it is given to the student who most embraces the ambition, spirit of adventure and passion for art that George inspired in all of the pupils she taught. Annie’s work, based on the emotion of the portrait, shows exceptional technical skill and a wonderful flair that George loved to see in her students work.

Annie was delighted to receive her prize; a print by Ian Murphy, who is an artist who works in the department every year as Artist in Residence.  The original drawing now hangs in the entrance to the Art Department, proudly displaying the names of the winners. Although lockdown prevented the traditional end of year Art show and meant that last year’s leavers missed out on the climax to their Art education at King’s, Annie’s work has been mounted in the Sir Terry Frost Gallery for a more intimate exhibition.

This is a double celebration for Annie, as she has also made it onto the shortlist of the ‘Write on Art’ essay competition run by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.  Her piece of writing, about artist Frank Auerbach, has been selected from over 400 entries, and historian and critic Simon Shama will make the final selection to choose the winning entry from the shortlist. We will keep our fingers crossed that she will be amongst the winners when they are announced at the end of September, and we wish her the very best of luck for the next exciting chapter in her education.

Annie says, “I shall really miss A-Level Art now that I’ve left King’s. In Upper Sixth I loved having my own space to explore and pursue my own ideas; it is truly an exciting and stimulating subject, enhanced by the unparalleled support and genuine interest from passionate art teachers. As the overriding theme for my body of work was portraits, I’m sure my family will be glad to be relieved of their duties as models for my innumerable photos! I’m only sad that a physical exhibition couldn’t take place to showcase the talent of all the Upper Sixth leavers.

I was never taught personally by Miss Terry, but her animated enthusiasm in the department was consistently evident in how she delighted in her students’ successes, and I feel all the more humbled to receive a prize in her honour. Later this month I will be taking up a place to study English Literature at Durham University, and hope to continue my passion for art long into the future.”

OV Annie Park exhibition