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The Source Art of Living 2m apart competition

16 Nov 2020 11:30AM

The winner of an art competition run by The Source in Ipswich and supported by Take Your Place and the University of Suffolk, has been announced.

14-year-old Jekatarina Balejeva from Chantry Academy has been named the winner in the 12-18 year old category.

Take Your Place funded art resource packs for GCSE art students during lockdown, to support their remote working, enabling them to continue with their coursework whilst they did not have access to school art resources.

Sophie Hendin, Head of Art at Chantry Academy said, “We had fantastic news one of our students won first place in the “2 metres apart” Art competition. The art equipment we received had a valuable impact on their learning throughout lockdown and the school appreciates the support.”

Winner Jekatarina said “The art pack really helped a lot considering that everything that was in it is expensive to buy. I really appreciate that we had the opportunity to get them and I was very surprised when I found out I won! This was my first painting that came from my imagination, usually I paint from photography so this painting made me quite proud and I hope I'll be able to paint out of my imagination more often. Thank you so much!”

The art resource packs went to thirteen Schools and Academies across the county.

Head of Art at Mildenhall College Academy, Cat Daniels, said “One of our Year 10 students opened their pack while I was with them. They were bowled over. As a teacher who sometimes sees some of our students at a low ebb, this was a wonderful moment and I hope makes all the difference to this student's studies and outcomes.” 

Head of Art at Ormiston Denes, Jo Westgate, added “Many students had limited access to media and materials when away from school and working remotely some have found challenging. With the support from neaco/Take Your Place, they provided all of the Year 10 Art students with resources which have been invaluable to them.”

For more about the competition please visit


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