Winter Art Competition

Winter Art Competition

Published: 29th January 2021

Our local landscape


Last term students entered a range of artwork in the ‘Your local landscape competition’. During this pandemic many of us have got to know our local landscape far better than we have before, finding new walks and areas for reflection and to take some valuable ‘time out’.


Artist Pippa Ashworth, and head of Biology at RSFC, Andy Harrison judged the ‘Your local landscape’ competition. Pippa works with mixed media exploring the vibrance and the textures present in the natural landscape.  “I have always considered drawing and mark-making as basic and important ways of recording and observing the landscape, which is why I use sketchbooks to record and explore ideas.” Here are a couple of examples of Pippa’s work:


The River Walk:


Pippa and Andy awarded first price to Fatima Ahmed and Isabel Boyce for their entries.

The judges’ commented that Fatima’s entry was “Beautifully painted with sensitive and delicate tonal detail. It fits the brief well. You have created a feeling of sanctuary in this space. A place of escapism and security. The trees are well sculpted, casting shady areas and interesting small spaces to find shelter under. Well done.” You can see Fatima’s picture below:



Isabel Boyce. The judges’ commented “A beautiful and evocative landscape Isobel, we love the layering of colour which gives a glow of sunrise or sunset. You have a strong sense of colour and are not afraid to take visual risks you also understand its ability to create both space and emotion.  This is a personal and well executed piece. It fits the brief well and you should be proud of your achievements here.” You can see Isabel’s landscape below:



The Science and Innovation Winner is Safa Ahmed’s, as judged by Andy Harrison, Head of Biology at RSFC. Andy commented, “The work innovatively explores the use of layering to reference symbolism as the subject forensically searches for solutions. The delicate pencil work explores fragility whilst the microscope references the progression of science and its ability to have an impact on future developments. The work is reflective and ever embedded in our current situation.” You can see Safa’s picture below:


Thanks to everyone for entering, both judges commented on the high-quality of all of the entries. Prizes to the winners, and all entrants on their way!