A creative student from Buxted has been crowned as one of the winners of a prestigious art competition.
Jack Simpson, 14, who attends Uckfield Community Technology College, will be among 20 other youngsters to have their work supersized and posted on billboards in London and across other major sites in the UK.
The annual Who Are You? competition developed by the Arts University of Bournemouth (AUB), aims to give budding creatives between the ages of 14-19 the chance to express themselves by asking them to create a poster which states who they feel they are.
On hand to judge the entries were a host of leading lights in the creative industry, most notably the world renowned photographer Rankin and young artist Stuart Semple.
Also involved in the judging process were representatives from a number of the UK’s largest advertising agencies who helped to develop a shortlist of potential winners which were then put to a public vote on Facebook.
The final voting process attracted more than 11,493 public votes – making this one of the competition’s most successful years.
As well as receiving entries from across the UK, the Who Are You? competition also attracted entries from afar afield as the Czech Republic and even India - thus showcasing the competition’s truly international appeal.
Jack said: “When I first found out I was one of the winners I was totally speechless. I honestly didn’t think I would get this far. I’m still in shock.
“However to have produced one of the winning entries is something I’m really proud of.
“Developing my entry really gave me something to focus my efforts on and has given me a real insight into what a career might be like in the creative industries.
“This win has really inspired me to continue working hard and to carry on pursuing my dream of one day working in the creative sector.”
Simon Pride, head of marketing at the AUB, said: “The competition has gone from strength to strength over the last two years and is a real indication that young people like Jack have something to say amid these challenging times.
“With this in mind we developed the Who Are You? competition to give young people a platform.”
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