THE annual Archibald Knox Society School Art Awards have been handed out to six youngsters from secondary schools in the island.
And four more will be awarded in the coming weeks, as will college prizes and a new scholarship.
Archibald Knox was a famous Manx art nouveau designer whose work lives on today, reaching grand prices in auction houses.
The annual awards take place at the end of each school year, when art students display their work for family, friends and members of the public to view. This was the sixth prize-giving from the society, with winners receiving cash and certificates.
Three Isle of Man College students will also receive prizes on June 21.They will win a prize of £100 each, sponsored by the Isle of Man Post Office. Meanwhile, two sixth form pupils from each of the island’s five secondary schools will receive a prize of £50, sponsored by Douglas Barrowman Knox Group Plc.
From Ramsey Grammar School the winners were Jeriel Bacani (art category) and Joshua Barlow (photographic category); from Castle Rushen in Castletown, Amy Lowe (design) and Thorin Costain (painting); and from St.Ninian’s in Douglas, Emily Bell and Maria Samuel (both fine art). Awards will be presented to pupils at QEII on June 14 and at Ballakermeen on June 27. The panel were looking for imagination, individuality and skill. The guideline given to the judges was taken from the advice given by Knox to his students: ‘Never be ordinary, better be nothing than that.’ Judges this year are Michael Sandle, Carol Jones and Calum Harvey.
They will also be on the deciding panel for a new Isle of Man Arts Council-sponsored Archibald Knox Scholarship for Art and Design, to be awarded to an Isle of Man College student. The winner will receive £4,000 to be distributed over four years equally as a travel bursary for educational purposes. The five finalists are to be revealed shortly and the winner announced on June 22.
Liam O’Neill, of the Archibald Knox Society, said: ‘It was amazing to see not only the quantity but the quality of art that is produced in our island schools. Within the education system there is every opportunity and encouragement for our young artists to develop their skills and talents and progress to third level art education.
‘The new Archibald Knox Scholarship will inspire them to following in the great Manx tradition of John Miller Nicholson, Archibald Knox and Norman Sayle.’