International art prize for student

Julia receives �2,000 prize.

A Payhembury teenager has won an international accolade after wowing a panel of industry judges with her artwork.

Julia Whiting, a former student of St Margaret’s School in Exeter, was named the overall winner of this year’s Saatchi Gallery and Sunday Telegraph prize for schools at a ceremony last week.

The 19-year-old received �2,000 and the school’s art department was awarded �10,000 to spend on art and computer equipment.

Julia’s award-winning Indian ink drawings of trees were the culmination of her A-level coursework, which was an extensive study of the natural world.

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Julia said: “My idea was to use a poignant memory, which in my case was of the trees on a childhood walk, and create a sense of space to involve the viewer by representing this experience.”

Her work will now go on display in the gallery alongside the other shortlisted entries.

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She is now studying art at Falmouth Art College.

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