Students’ artwork due to be displayed at Tate  

Seven talented students’ art work will be going on display at the Tate Gallery in St Ives.

Young Art Cornwall held a competition for children to create a piece of work on the theme ‘What Makes Me Happy’ with entry fees going towards Cancer Research UK.

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Around 700 people entered the competition and seven students from Pool Academy were awarded Highly Commended.

Their work is now due to go on display at the Tate in St Ives on December 6.

Natalie Ellis, Art teacher at Pool Academy, will be going along to the private award presentation night to see the art pieces. They will be displayed on a rolling film projected onto a large screen in the Foyle Studio at the gallery.

On the night friends and family invited along will be able to buy postcard packs, canvas prints, key rings and fridge magnets of individual work. The work will also be auctioned off to raise more funds for Cancer Research UK.

Freya, in Year 9, said: “It is exciting to have my art work displayed at St Ives.”

Katie, Year 10, said: “It was a nice surprise as I didn’t expect to be a winner. I drew an astronaut.”

Isabella, Year 10, said: “I am surprised to have won. I drew a dog. I am going to go to St Ives to see it exhibited.

Kensa, Year 10, said: “I drew a person.  It’s be nice if someone would buy my piece for charity.”

Mrs Ellis had allowed the students to use two of their art lessons to produce a piece of work for the competition.

She said: “We had 80 students enter the competition and they all donated a £1 so that is how we raised £80 for the charity.”

Mrs Ellis said Cancer Research UK was a charity close to her heart after a young family member was diagnosed with Leukaemia when they were six years old.

She said: “It is fantastic all the students got behind it to support the charity.

“There were more than 700 entries. It is a great opportunity for our students to see their work in a prestigious art gallery.”