15-year-old Sky was nominated for TrinityTalent Class of 2021 for Arts Award and was selected for a Special Mention. She achieved Bronze Arts Award at Court Fields School. Sky has explored a variety of arts mediums such as painting, photography, researching and digital media. She has many personal challenges to overcome each day, including regressing memory loss. Her TrinityTalent feature has been created with comments from Sky herself and from her nominator.
Sky’s nominator, Jo Binmore, Head of Creative Arts at Court Fields School, said: "Art is one aspect of Sky’s life she absolutely loves. She demonstrated complete commitment to learning new skills and developing her talents across art forms. Sky carries a security object and uses the object to demonstrate levels of anxiety. During art Sky’s object was nearly always down indicating she was very happy and enjoying her challenges."
The TrinityTalent Panel said: “Sky has developed art skills, responded to others and has been so driven to overcome personal challenges and take part in activities. We feel this definitely warrants a Special Mention!”
How do you feel about being selected to be part of TrinityTalent Class of 2021 and being recognised in this way?
How do you feel you have developed creatively and artistically in 2021?
I have done lots of different things.
Jo: Sky has developed work across multiple media including painting, photography, researching and responding to artists and digital media.
What impact did your Arts Award achievement have on your artistic development?
I love painting and did it more.
Jo: Sky has enjoyed painting for a long time, but she really developed her understanding of photography and digital editing, which was evident in her portfolio work.
Has taking part in an Arts Award helped you to develop wider skills, such as communication skills, creativity or confidence?
Jo: Sky suffers from having no short term memory recall. She had to learn to write things down and with the one-to-one support of her teaching assistant she was able to continue with Arts Award and develop her work over a sustained period. Sky demonstrated complete commitment to learning new skills and developing her talents across these art forms. She learnt how to present her work by using sketchbooks, logs and digital platforms. She also developed her written understanding dramatically.
What are the next steps for you artistically and creatively in 2022?
Jo: Sky has now found provision at a specialist institute where she can progress with her new found confidence and understanding of art.
What are your longer term aims, for example for your future studies or work?
Jo: Sky plans to continue working with art and look towards completing Silver Arts Award over the next couple of years.
Have you got any advice for other young people working towards an Arts Award?
Enjoy it, it's fun!
Is there anything creative you’re currently working on you’d like to tell us about?
I still do painting.
Jo: Her art is one aspect of her life she absolutely loves, it's one thing she can do with minimal support.
Read more about the talented young people selected to be featured as part of the TrinityTalent Class of 2021.