The Strand Gallery is thrilled to announce in collaboration with UpStArt, our new exhibition for thirty-four finalists and A-level art students across Greater London, that have entered this exciting fine art competition. UpStArt is an Anne Frank Trust, designed to identify and nurture new artistic talent. It helps people from all backgrounds challenge prejudice, supporting new talent, acceptance and charity.
Two sisters Natasha and Isabella Tagliaferri, lead the inspiration behind UpStArt. They collaboratively developed the idea to auction school art work in order to raise money for the Anne Frank Trust. This kick started the showcasing of up and coming young artists, promoting their work, as well as the work of school art departments in Greater London, to the leaders of the art world as well as the general public.
UpStArt has gained a huge amount of support from all areas of the art industry, from artists and broadcasters, to curators and lawyers. The impressive judging panel includes: Sky Arts TV, Saatchi Art, Goldsmiths, Slade, LCC, Royal College of Art, Lisson Gallery, Shape Arts and Channel 4 TV, along with the general public. Art work is sold at auction, with the proceeds divided between the artist and Anne Frank Trust. Prizes include over £1000 cash (thanks to Opera Gallery and Landview Properties), work placements (thanks to UK Greetings), Cass Art discounts for schools and £500 worth of vouchers, as well as the opportunity to participate in master classes from renowned artists, Nick Walker, Sarah Lightman and Kev F.
UpStArt will be exhibiting at The Strand Gallery from 23rd November until 6th December.