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Student's Award Winning Painting at Turner Contemporary

11th December 2015

Congratulations to Ruairi Madine who won the silver prize in the sixth form category at this year’s John Downton Awards for his “Toy Soldiers” painting.

The John Downton Awards are held by Kent County Council in Maidstone annually to showcase the best work from students from across Kent, which this year had record numbers of entries.

Ruairi’s work is currently on display at Turner Contemporary until 24th January 2016 along with other winning entries from the exhibition.

We are proud of Ruairi’s success as well as the fact that it is the third time in the past four years that artwork from CCGS students has won an award and has subsequently  been exhibited in Turner Contemporary. Previous winners were Ryan Jowitt for his “Self Portrait” and Gabriel Parker for his “Girl with a Hoop Earring” painting. 

Last year the work of Kathryn Cutler Makenzie was also exhibited at the Turner Contemporary as part of the identity themed exhibition where she won the award for the most promising artist for the future.

If you would like to see more of our students’ work, there will be an exhibition held by all of our sixth form art students at York Street Gallery between 24th February and 2nd March 2016.


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