Two Havering youngsters celebrate after winning young artist competition

Wemin Li with his prize winning artwork

Wemin Li with his prize winning artwork - Credit: Archant

Two youngsters have impressed with their drawing skills and won a borough-wide art competition.

Carla Costan with her prize winning artwork

Carla Costan with her prize winning artwork - Credit: Archant

Carla Costan, 13, won first place in the 11 to 14 category of Havering Young Artist of the Year 2013, while Wemin Li, 12, was awarded overall exhibition winner with his work Spirited Away Artist.

Both pupils, from The Albany School, have their work displayed at the Queen’s Theatre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, among other young artists until the end of the month and are due to receive their prizes during a reception with the Mayor of Havering, Cllr Eric Munday, on Saturday.


Wemin said: “I think I did a good job on this piece, but I want to continue to learn new and different skills to keep improving.”

Carla said she would one day like to create a graphic novel. She said: “I’m hoping that the skills I have learnt will lead me into knowing if I want to do something bigger in the future or not.”

Wemin and Carla are regular attendees of art sessions before and after school and Wemin has also designed the cover of the lower school journal.

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Havering Youth arts officer Lucy Shadwell said: “All the entries were of an outstanding standard, each unique and well presented.”

Jo Stevens, head of art at The Albany, said: “Both students are immensely talented, but also very dedicated. They are both an absolute pleasure to teach and are picking up new skills and techniques all the time.”