An extraordinary feat has been achieved this week by a Year 9 student, from Albany Academy. 14 year old Morrigan Atherton, who attends the popular Chorley school, has won the international, ‘Never such innocence’ art competition, in a contest which had nearly 7,000 entrants. The competition is designed to raise awareness of the centenary of the end of World War I, amongst young people, through art, poetry and song.
The judges recognized Morrigan’s huge talent for art in their praise for her; “We were extremely impressed by the artwork. We hope Morrigan is extremely proud of her achievement!”
Morrigan, who has been inspired by her friends and teachers to devote her energy to art, said “Art has been a life-style and commitment for a long period of time.” She went on to thank her friends, art teachers that supported her along the way, as well as Mrs Chatterley her History teacher, for introducing her to the competition. Watching documentaries and learning about the Battle of the Somme in her history class, she was able to devote herself to the artwork and create this masterpiece. “I have a real love for portraits and this piece of artwork has helped me branch out my style and art capabilities”, she added.
Morrigan is developing into a professional artist and this win coincides with her first exhibition, which was at Horwich Music Festival.
Mr Mayland, Headteacher at Albany Academy, said, “We’re very proud of Morrigan. The effort she puts into her art work is tremendous and an example to everyone, that hard work results in great achievements. She is always drawing!”
Morrigan concluded “I’m really excited to achieve this – it’s amazing! I didn't expect to win a whole competition and it has boosted my confidence even more to pursue art as a career.”
Morrigan will receive a prize, alongside winners in the other areas of competition, awarded by General Sir Gordon Messenger, Vice Chief of Defence Staff. The band of the Scots Guards and the Royal Marines Drum Corps will be playing, and the Queen’s Colour Squadron will be supporting the celebration event, which will be held in London.
There are a couple of images and details of Morrigans art and exhibition by clicking here.