Student comes first in national art competition

Isabel Tennant, students at County Upper School in Bury.
Isabel Tennant, students at County Upper School in Bury.
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A FINE art student from Bury St Edmunds has topped pupils from prestigious schools like Eton and Winchester to come first in a national competition.

Isabel Tennant, in her final year at County Upper School, won the ARTiculation competition, run by The Roche Trust, Eton College and the University of Cambridge, after giving a presentation to an audience of 400 people on a piece of artwork of her choice.

The 18-year-old, who is also chairman of the school’s debating society, said: “I did it because I love art and I love public speaking – it was just like an amalgamation of all my favourite things.”

“It’s great for a state school to win it, I’m really proud, she added.

Miss Tennant’s presentation focused on her ‘idol’ Hannah Hoch, who she respects as an ‘overlooked artist’ with strong views on feminism, and Hoch’s Russiche Tanzerin piece, which she ‘loves visually’.