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Art scholar Elysia Gilman wins prestigious national competition

Art scholar Elysia Gilman wins prestigious national competition

Elysia Gilman with her winning painting

A gifted artist at Rydal Penrhos has achieved notable success after winning a prestigious national competition.

Elysia Gilman, a Lower Sixth pupil at the school, emerged victorious from the Under 18 category at the annual Museum of Modern Art for Wales competition, and her work will now be on display at a high-profile exhibition held in Machyntheth during the summer.

Her painting was one of three she produced this term based on members of her family, and the portrait of her sister Lydia is acrylic on canvas and is one metre square.

The 17-year-old collected her cash prize and saw her painting on display at the opening of the exhibition, which is open to the public until the end of August and becomes part of the Machyntheth Arts festival from August 20-27.

Elysia Gilman with sister Lydia

This highly regarded and growing event includes classical music concerts at the Tabernacle Arts centre which is part of the gallery.

Head of Art Mark Sherrington, said: “The judges were clearly as impressed as me by the freedom, confidence, accuracy and maturity of this piece.

“The earlier paintings in this series were excellent but you can see how much she has learnt and improved in this final painting.

“Elysia has a touch and understanding of the medium that is remarkable for a student of only 17 and I am excited to see what she will produce in her final academic year in the Art department.

“I am delighted for Elysia. It is great that this talented and hardworking pupil has won this National competition and demonstrates the quality of some of the pupils we are lucky enough to teach here at Rydal Penrhos.”

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