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Stephanie Wins National Art Competition

The Equality and Human Rights Commission have just announced the winners of its Young Brits at Art competition, in which young people were invited to portray their feelings about their identity.

Stephanie, a student at Gumley House convent school in Hounslow, chose to paint her grandmother, partly to break down stereotypes about older people and to show that there is "much life in her still".

Stephanie's Winning Masterpiece of her Grandmother

When asked why she chose this focus for her painting Stephanie replied, "Seeing as my grandmother is 80 years old and fitter than myself, I feel it is my duty to show there is much life in her still. Consequently, I have investigated what it is meant by ‘old aged values’, ‘stereotypes’, ‘ageism’ and ‘treatment to elderly people in society’."

The Young Brits at Art Competition (YBAA) invited young people to express their thoughts on growing up in Britain.

Many of the 1,639 entrants produced works of art that directly challenged the negative stereotypes of today's youth.  Stephanie's national achievement was also featured on the BBC News at 6pm (click here to view) where she told the reporters that her aim in drawing her elderly relative was "for the viewer to look beyond the physical appearance in the sense that the body has aged and deteriorated and to become aware of the person and their spirit."

Stephanie is in her final year at Gumley House and has already been offered a place at Camberwell School of Art to continue her studies.