Talented local young artist, Ancuta, from Kingsbury High School in Brent, has been commended for her entry in a national youth art competition.
The campaign group, Animal Aid, launched the competition to encourage young people, aged between 11-14 years old, to express their views on issues relating to the way animals are used in society. The competition had a different theme for each year group: Year 7 – Caring for animals; Year 8 – Factory farming; Year 9 – Animals in captivity.
Ancuta’s artwork falls under the Year 7 – Caring for animals category and painted in watercolour, depicts young peoples’ love and compassion for animals.
Ancuta regularly attends an art club at Kingsbury High School and was encouraged to enter the competition by her art teacher, Ms Conway. Ancuta said “I felt really excited when Ms Conway told us about the theme because I like animals and when she told me I had won an award, I was really surprised. I was excited to see my picture because I had entered three pieces and I wasn’t sure which one Animal Aid had chosen.”
Animal Aid received hundreds of entries from individuals and schools all over the country and was delighted by the extraordinarily high standard.
Animal Aid’s Competition Organiser, Ben Martin, said “Young people are passionate about animal welfare and the winners of this competition have certainly considered the treatment of animals in today’s society. The artwork we received was exciting, imaginative and bold, and revealed a thoughtful and compassionate younger generation. I feel sure that these qualities will be of great benefit to animals, people and the planet. Heartfelt congratulations to Ancuta – she richly deserves her award.”
[photograph by Camille]