Queen Anne’s Alumni shortlisted for Art Prize

Wednesday 12th February 2014

Former pupil Hannah Marshall has been shortlisted for the 2014 Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize For Schools with her painting entitled ‘Drowning in Suburbia’, which was completed while studying at Queen Anne’s. Hannah’s painting was selected from over 16,000 artworks to join the top 20 shortlist by a judging panel including artist Bob and Roberta Smith, the Illustrator and author Laura Dockrill, Deutsche Bank art advisor and curator Alistair Hicks, and director of the Saatchi Gallery, Rebecca Wilson.

Hannah will be exhibiting her painting at the Saatchi Gallery, London, from 26 February to 5 March. The winner and runner up for the Art Prize will be announced at 7.00pm on 26 February at an opening event.

On hearing of her selection, Hannah said, “I was really shocked but naturally very pleased and excited to be selected for the Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools. I’m looking forward to seeing my painting on display in the Saatchi Gallery, particularly as I have had the opportunity to visit the gallery on a school trip, and I am extremely grateful to Mr Mike Norcross for selecting and entering my work.”

Mr Michael Norcross, Head of Art at Queen Anne’s School, said, “I am delighted that Hannah’s talent has been recognised by such a distinguished panel and at such an event; to be shortlisted from a list of 16,000 really is an incredible achievement. Here at Queen Anne’s, we encourage students to think independently and to try and take risks, and as Hannah worked steadily and accumulated a lot of useful skills and knowledge during her A Levels, she was able to use them with ease to comment on the world around her. Whatever Hannah ends up doing as a career, I would be very surprised if it were not something in the creative field.”

Hannah, who is currently studying the Art Foundation course at Oxford Brookes University, produced a number of outstanding pieces during her time at Queen Anne’s and has exhibited as part of the Foundation Art Exhibition, held at the SW1 Gallery, Westminster, in 2011 and 2012. Her painting ‘Drowning in Suburbia’ also featured in the schools most recent Professional Art Exhibition held at The Prince’s Foundation Gallery, London, in November 2013.

‘Drowning in Suburbia’ was produced by Hannah during her second year of her Art & Design A Level course at Queen Anne’s and features oil paint on board, which was then covered by a resin. Talking about her painting, Hannah said “Having studied and admired the work of contemporary Eric Zener, I was compelled to produce an image that touched on the notion of escaping the banality of our current era. Being submerged beneath the blanker of water offers a sense of escapism and I hope that viewing this painting evokes the same feeling.”

A selection of her artwork, including a portrait of fellow pupil Jordan Brudenell, has been displayed around the school and also features on previous parent diaries and postcards.

The Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Bank Art Prize for Schools is open to primary, secondary and Sixth Form schools from around the world. Schools can enter as many art works as they wish and there is no restriction on media used. The Prize is part of the Saatchi Gallery’s education programme, which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences.

The 2014 Saatchi Gallery/Deutsche Art Prize for Schools Exhibition will take place from Wednesday 26 February to Wednesday 5 March at The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, Turks Row Entrance, London, SW3 4SQ.

Hannah Marshall

Hannah Marshall with her painting ‘Drowning in Suburbia’