A talented University of Wolverhampton student has won
the opportunity to exhibit his work at the Saatchi Gallery in
London after reaching the final of a national art
Carlton Smith, 26, from Wolverhampton, was named as one of three
regional finalists in the Art of Nurture competition held at
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery last week. He was delighted to
win £250 for himself and £250 for the University.
Carlton, who is in the second year of a BA (Hons) in
Illustration, will now go through to the national final on April 13
which will see him exhibit his artwork at the famous Saatchi
Gallery in London.
He will go head to
head with students from across the UK in a bid to have their
designs used in a high profile national advertising campaign for
Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance.
Another second year Illustration student, 19-year-old Mandeep
Seehra, from Wolverhampton, also reached the regional final of the
Students were given a brief to create a piece of visual art to
illustrate one of eight themes. Carlton and Mandeep both chose the
Carlton’s idea for his piece developed from looking at the
consequences of investment, with his conclusion being growth. He
used images of photosynthesis to illustrate his idea in relation to
the Olympics. Mandeep focused on how Lloyds TSB Commercial Finance
would help prepare athletes and facilities for the London
Carlton said: “I’m so pleased to have got this far in the
competition and I am very excited about the prospect of having my
work shown in a national gallery.
“I have gained so much valuable experience already and being
able to put a commercial marketing campaign in my portfolio will
look really professional.”
John Clementson, from the University’s School of Art &
Design said: “The Illustration team is delighted for both of our
shortlisted students. The competition attracted over 500 entries
from 50 colleges nationally and to be shortlisted for such a
prestigious event should give them both a huge confidence
The national winner of the competition will receive £5,000 and
£5,000 for their university, while the person in second place will
get £2,000 and £1,000 for third place, plus matched amounts for
their college or university.
In addition to seeing their work used in a campaign, the three
national winners will also be given the opportunity to take paid
Carlton will be joined by staff from the Illustration department
at the national final.
For more information about the competition, visit www.artofnurture.co.uk .
Picture: Carlton Smith (right) from the
University of Wolverhampton, with the other two regional finalists
Abigail Stevens and Hazel Castle.
Picture: Carlton’s shortlisted design
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