Saffron Walden school holds sculpture competition to mark new gallery

PUBLISHED: 11:30 08 March 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 08 March 2017

Winner Sandi Nurpeissova with Serena O'Connor, head of art (left), and Anna Chaudhri, headteacher

Winner Sandi Nurpeissova with Serena O'Connor, head of art (left), and Anna Chaudhri, headteacher


A sculpture competition was held last month to mark the opening of a new art gallery at Walden School.

Winner Sandi Nurpeissova with her designWinner Sandi Nurpeissova with her design

Nine competition finalists from the school showcased their talents at the school’s new exhibition space – The Stonefish Gallery – on February 22.

Sandi Nurpeissova, a Year 13 student, was announced as the winner for her design which reflected the school’s ethos.

Serena O’Connor, head of art, said: “Sandi hit the brief perfectly with her design.

“It reflected our aim as a school; to encourage and cultivate our students to grow into resilient, confident and knowledgeable adults.

The nine finalists at the Walden School sculpture competitionThe nine finalists at the Walden School sculpture competition

“It is a seemingly simple design, yet upon contemplation it becomes an intellectual and sophisticated one.”

The new gallery will host the school’s GCSE Art and A-level art and photography exhibitions and will also see local artists’ work exhibited.

The sculpture will be sited in the semi-circular lawn at the front of the school.

Anna Chaudhri, headteacher, said, “Congratulations to all the finalists on their fine work and creative and inspired ideas, but especially to Sandi who has demonstrated a clear creative process.

“The opening of the Stonefish Gallery is a realisation of one of our aims – to energise creativity while the sculpture competition itself is a perfect example of the creativity and talent we have within Walden School.”


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