Top students from secondary schools and colleges gathered at Farleys Barn Gallery in Chiddingly to see their art work on display - and find out which pieces had won Farley Arts Trust awards.
There were 51 pieces of art on display by GCSE and A level art students from across East Sussex..
Prizes were organised in eight different categories from textiles to photography, and painting to sculpture.
The prizes were presented by Graham Peters, High Sheriff of East Sussex who spoke of the huge importance of the arts in education and for the economy, as well as how the art on display demonstrated the outstanding creativity of young people in the county.
Councillor Belsey, Chairman of East Sussex County Council, echoed his views and said how much he enjoyed the ‘superb’ art in the exhibition.
The exhibition is open to the public on Sunday October 27.
All the artwork was selected by Ian Chance, Artistic Director the Trust, together with Antony Penrose, founding Trustee who curated the whole exhibition.
The prizes were donated by local and national sponsors, including The Cloth Collective, Buckland Photographic, Inwood, Seawhites, Thames and Hudson and Prestel, the publishers.
Organisers said the Surrealist Award category is particularly special for the winners; Rosario Moore of Seaford Head School, James Sheridan of Uckfield Community Technology College and Lisa White of Sussex Downs College.
The prize is the chance to have their work hung inside Farley Farm House, the Home of British Surrealism, for a year.
Their work will be in the company of paintings and photographs by Lee Miller and Roland Penrose, who lived there from 1949, and works by many other great artists of the twentieth century, including Picasso, Ernst, Miro and Man Ray.
The Farley Arts Trust is a registered charity run by volunteers, depending completely on grant and trust funding. Organisers said schools and students value the Arts Awards as a unique public showcase for their talent and the expertise of their teachers.
The students who won prizes at the Farley Arts Trust awards evening include:
Painting: (GCSE) Jade Carter, Bishop Bell School, (A Level) Ania De Stroumillo, Sussex Downs College.
2D/Mixed Media: (GCSE) Claudia Mercer, Bishop Bell School, (A Level) Charlotte Pestell, Bexhill Sixth Form College.
3D/Sculpture: (GCSE) Oscar Bedell, Chailey School, (A Level) Jay Powell, Sussex Downs College.
Works on Paper: (GCSE) Janet Lalla-Hamblin, Seaford Head School.
Photography: (GCSE) Maria Howell, Bishop Bell School, (A Level) Francesca Davey, Sussex Downs College.
Textiles Award: (GCSE) Lucy Upfield, Heathfield Community College, (A level) Harriet Pankhurst, Bexhill Sixth Form College.
Sketchbook Award: (GCSE) Mollie Barnes, Uplands Community College, (A level) Ben Sumpter, Uckfield Community Technology College.
Surrealist Awards: (GCSE) Rosaria Moore, Seaford Head School, (A level Joint): James Sheridan, Uckfield Community Technology College and Lisa Edwards, Sussex Downs College.
For more information about the Farley Arts Trust email email@example.com.