Exhibition Announced For The Winner Of Hazlitt Arts Centre’s StARTle Arts Prize


James Allen, winner of this year’s Hazlitt Arts Centre’s StARTle Arts Prize is exhibiting his work at the Graham Clarke Gallery this summer.

After winning a place on the five strong short list from some 50 applicants; James continued to wow the judges (Graham Clarke, Vronni Ward and Sue Pritchard) with his charcoal and pencil drawings of London architecture; finally winning the coveted prize of his own exhibition at the local arts centre.

James Allen of Platts Heath says ‘it is great to have the opportunity to have an entire collection displayed in such a great little space. My work really sits well in this environment and I am very pleased with the exhibition.’

James works as an arts technician at Sutton Valence School and is passionate about encouraging everyone to explore their creative talents.

‘I love working in these mediums (pencil, charcoal) it is so accessible and I am really able to get depth, movement and vitality on the canvas which surprises a lot of people. Most people have a pencil to hand and learn to draw in this way at school, so encouraging them to develop this way of expression seems natural to me; only now my drawings are on a much larger scale!’

James is exhibiting his work at the Graham Clarke Gallery until the 2 July. Gallery is open from Mon- Sat- 10am- 6pm. Admission is free.

Photo Details: Competition Runner Up-Lucy Ward, Judge Graham Clarke and Winner-James Allen.

Top Drawing: The British Museum by James Allen

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