Sculptures chosen for annual art award ‘really hit you in the eyes’

S37524H13  Society chairman Penny Hill with Hannah James, 18, and the smallest of her three sculptures
S37524H13 Society chairman Penny Hill with Hannah James, 18, and the smallest of her three sculptures

DRAMATIC sculptures depicting rocks and fossils have won the Steyning Decorative and Fine Arts Society’s annual Young Arts Award.

Hannah James, 18, of Kings Barn Lane, Steyning, is the third student to receive the award, including a £25 cheque and framed certificate.

Her pieces were chosen at Steyning Grammar School’s annual art exhibition and society chairman Penny Hill said Hannah’s display hit them in the eyes.

“This year we had no doubt that the work of Hannah James stood out,” she added.

Hannah had exhibited three pieces of mixed media and took along the smallest to the society’s meeting on Monday, where she received her award.

Hannah said: “The initial idea came from working with the Booth Museum of Natural History in Brighton. I was loaned fossils to help create the piece, which is designed to look like bark and rock.”

She moulded modrock and Plaster of Paris, pressing the shapes on to cardboard, as part of her A-level art and design course.

The two coursework pieces took about six weeks and the final examination piece was done in 10 hours.

Her grandfather, Dudley James, of The Green, Southwick, is having the largest one put up in his house.

Hannah’s results included an A* in art and design and she is now taking a year out before going to University College London to study anthropology.