Talented young film-maker Andrea Bowie (23) from Cricklade, Swindon has landed a coveted £300 cash prize in a UK-wide art competition.
Called ‘LifeSupport: Change through art’, and run by charity YouthNet, Egg and the Citi Foundation, the competition invited 16 to 25 year-olds to illustrate how the financial crisis has impacted on them and their communities through film, photography or illustration.
Andrea’s film ‘The Fightback Starts Here’, which came first in the film category, depicts a person with a paper-bag head scouring the internet and press for jobs. Shot in the style of a 1930’s silent movie her film expresses her feelings of isolation and loss of personal identity during the recession.
Andrea was awarded a £300 cheque in a chrome piggybank by renowned ‘YouTuber’, Charlie McDonnell, at a star-studded event at London’s Design Museum last night.
She said, “I’m absolutely buzzing. The other artists’ entries were so good and I’m in shock to receive a reward. It’s fantastic!
“I really hope someone sees the video and gives me a job so that I can go on to make big Hollywood movies – the fight back starts here!”
The £1,000 top prize was awarded to Chris Vickers, for his film ‘Times of Change’ and two further prizes of £300 were awarded to Connor Matheson, for his haunting photo montage ‘Ghost Town’ and Brigitte Sutherland for her comic illustration ‘Seven Months’.
Martyn Lewis, Chairman and Founder of YouthNet, said, “Not only is Andrea’s film a powerful expression of her experiences and thoughts on the recession, it will have a long lasting impact on the other young people looking for financial help on TheSite.org.
“This competition and the talented young people who entered, have been able to bring to life a difficult topic and represent it in a new and innovative way. They all deserve our congratulations and admiration.”
The winning artwork will be on display at Egg’s offices in Derby and Canary Wharf and on YouthNet’s guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds, www.TheSite.org.
Pictured, top, prize winner Andrea Bowie, bottom, Chloe Madeley at YouthNet’s LifeSupport Change through art event