Against hundreds of entrants from across the world, Sixth Former Rebe Winn’s GCSE piece entitled ‘Deterioration’ has been selected to feature at the opening weekend of the long-anticipated extension to the Tate Modern.
The young artist’s success is even more impressive considering that she produced the piece when she was 16; many who entered the competition were several years her senior.
Thousands of visitors from across London will have the opportunity to see the selected pieces of art which will be displayed on screens throughout the Tate Modern’s iconic Turbine Hall.
In celebration of the ‘new Tate Modern’ extension, the gallery challenged young people aged 15–25 worldwide to submit original artwork exploring the future of art and creativity by learning from the past and looking at the present.
Rebe’s piece of 3D Photography explores the theme of ‘Vanitas’: a style of artwork which includes various symbolic objects designed to remind the viewer of their mortality. Combining this traditional style of still life painting with a contemporary, mixed media approach, the artwork transforms photography into sculpture investigating time, degradation and change in a highly physical way.
The display will launch at the gallery’s ‘Future Late’ event on Friday 17 June and will continue throughout the weekend on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June.
Alongside work being shown at this high profile occasion, sponsors Uniqlo will select artworks to feature in a series of displays at their flagship store on Oxford Street and nine others across London.
Rebe’s international success follows a particularly exciting year for the young artist which has seen her take two top spots at the Cornwall Art Fair. The Sixth Former was delighted to have five of her pieces on show having won an impressive five out of ten places available in the final stage of the event’s ‘Student Discovery’ competition.
Joint Head of Art, Mrs Judith Tutin said: “Over the years, Rebe has developed a strong conceptual style which demonstrates an impressive maturity for an artist of her age. We are incredibly proud to see her talent recognised by one of the most prestigious art institutions in the country and can’t wait to see her work in a space which has hosted some of the world’s most memorable and acclaimed works of contemporary art.”