Art Club Students Presented with Art Awards

Congratulations to five young people who have successfully completed their Arts Awards at the River & Rowing Museum’s Saturday Art Club.

Anna Rowson was presented a Bronze Award, Marta Pajor, Clara Varela Cuartero and Annabel Richardson the Silver Award and a Gold Award to Charlottte Burrage a Year 11 student at St Helen & St Katharine School.

Marta a Year 10 student at Great Marlow School said “It’s taken about 2 1/2 years to complete and my favourite media is using graphite pencils to sketch.  Annabel who attends UTC Reading commented, “The hardest part for me was the writing part where you have to write about your work and what inspired you.”

The certificates were presented to the students by their adviser, artist Camilla Shelley at the Museum on Saturday.  The Gold Arts Award to Charlotte Burrage is the equivalent of a Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and will give her 16 UCAS points when she applies to university.  The Silver Award is the equivalent to a Level 2. Young people have the opportunity to find inspiration from the Museum’s collections and the changing programme of exhibitions.  The stunning building and its riverside location are also starting points for their projects.

Camilla said, “I’m so proud of all the students who have attained these awards.  They have worked really hard to complete them and have produced some amazing work.”

Charlotte started at the Saturday Art Club when she was about 11/12.  There are two parts to the award – a Personal Arts Development and a Leadership project. Charlotte said, “For the personal arts challenge I had to start a dialogue with a practising artist.  I worked with Sue Lewington who is a landscape/seascape artist.  I helped curate the Barbara Hepworth exhibition for the Leadership project which included me composing and playing a piece on my harp inspired by the exhibition.  The music could be played by pressing a button in the gallery.”

The Arts Awards encourage independent enquiry and the candidates gain confidence in leadership, for example in organising temporary exhibitions in the Community Gallery at the museum and the recent Oxfordshire Artweeks exhibition in the Education Centre.

Places are available at the Saturday Art Club for younger children in the morning and 11-16 year olds in the afternoon. For enquiries and booking, please contact the Learning Team at or call 01491 415605

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