Selected works by Julia Whiting

Julia Whiting
Trees: A Sense Of Place


Indian ink on paper

150 cm x 350 cm


January 23rd 2012, Coline Milliard, ARTINFO UK

Britons just can’t get enough of trees at the moment. A week after David Hockney unveiled his gaudy Yorkshire landscapes at the Royal Academy — paintings described as “rubbish” by his former art teacher — The Saatchi Gallery/Sunday Telegraph Art Prize for Schools 2011 has been awarded to 18-year-old Julia Whiting from Exeter, for her installation of tree drawings, “A Sense of Place.” “Like Hockney, I’ve always loved walking in the woods with my sketchbook,” said the budding artist, who is currently applying for an undergraduate illustration degree.

The £2,000 ($3,118) award is open to all children — regardless of their age, country of residence, or medium of choice. But painting remained the most popular choice for the 13,000 kids who applied this year. Runner-ups James Wallis, 13, from Surrey, and Mu-Chun Chiang, 18, from Cambridge, painted a war scene and a portrait respectively.

The youngest competitor was Joel Steele, from Newcastle, who submitted a canvas entitled “Monkey.” “It’s so refreshing to hear visitors to the gallery saying: ‘I can’t believe an eight year-old did that’ rather than ‘My eight year-old could have done that’!,” said Saatchi Gallery director Rebecca Wilson.


January 25th, 2012, This Is Devon

A teenager who was inspire by Dartmoor’s bleak landscapes has won an international; prize osted by London’s Saatchi Gallery.
Julia Whiting , 18, scooped the Sunday Telegraph’s Art Prize for Schools for her three-painting installation “ Trees: A Sense of Place”.
Ms Whiting, whose work was entered by teachers at Exeter’s St Margret’s School, said winning was an “unbelievable surprise”.

She loves sketching in woodlands like her artistic hero, Davis Hockney, and said of her work: “Hopefully people will get their very own sense of walking through woods”.

Ms Whiting is now studying an art foundation diploma at the University of Falmouth and hope the prize will strengthen her application for an undergraduate illustration degree. She plans to spend her £2, 000 prize money on an art course in Florence this summer.
Around 13,000 artists entered the competition, and of the work of 20 finalists was shown at the Saatchi Gallery. Entry was open to all young people, working in any medium, anywhere in the world.
Gallery director Rebecca Wilson said: “We’ve seen our finalists go on to art school and graduate with fantastic degrees, so hopefully out support will encourage this year’s 20 to pursue the commitment to art and help them become the very next Hockneys and Hirsts”.


January 2012, Deutsche Bank

Colin Grassie, CEO for Deutsche Bank UK, presented the winners of the prestigious Art Prize for Schools 2011, at a prize-giving ceremony on 17 January 2012 at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The awards, which are sponsored by Deutsche Bank and organised by the Saatchi Gallery and Sunday Telegraph, are part of the Gallery's education programme, which is committed to introducing contemporary art to younger audiences.
This fitting partnership draws on Deutsche Bank’s commitment to emerging creative talent and cultural development through art.

From over 12,000 entries, the first prize, a three-painting installation "Trees: A Sense of Place" was awarded to Julia Whiting, aged 18, a pupil at St. Margaret's School, Exeter. She received £2,000 and her school's art department was awarded £10,000 to spend on art and computer equipment.

Describing the inspiration for her winning entry, Julia, who is inspired by David Hockney’s winter landscapes, said: “My idea was to use a poignant memory, which in my case was of trees on a childhood walk and create a sense of space to involve the viewer by representing this experience.”

The two runners-up are James Wallis, aged 12, from Woodcote House School, Surrey and Mu-Chun Chiang, aged 18, from The Leys, Cambridge. Each runner-up was given £1,000, and their schools received £5,000 each.

The panel of judges included: the artist Marc Quinn, the children's author Kaye Umansky, Alistair Hicks, Deutsche Bank art advisor and curator, Alastair Smart, arts editor of The Sunday Telegraph, and Rebecca Wilson, director, Saatchi Gallery.

The Art Prize for Schools is open to primary, secondary and sixth form schools from around the world.