‘Beach Scene’ impresses Education Secretary

Emily Singleton with her picture [bottom], entitled Beach Scene

Emily Singleton with her picture, entitled ‘Beach Scene’: photo Barton Peveril College

A stunning piece of artwork by an 18 year old  Barton Peveril student has caught the eye of The Secretary of State for Education, The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

Emily Singleton’s first oil painting, entitled ‘Beach Scene’, was selected for an Association of Colleges Fine Art Exhibition at the House of Commons.

Emily's stunning picture, entitled 'Beach Scene'

Emily’s stunning picture, entitled ‘Beach Scene’: copyright Emily Singleton

The Association of Colleges received hundreds of submissions from 16-18 year old art students studying at colleges across the country and choose just 21 images for its recent exhibition at Westminster. The launch event was hosted by the Health Secretary, Alan Johnson, and was also attended by The Shadow Education Secretary Tristram Hunt and Eastleigh’s MP Mike Thornton.

Education Minister Michael Gove takes a closer look at Emily's painting

The Education Minister, Michael Gove, takes a closer look at Emily’s painting: photo Barton Peveril College 

The Education Secretary Michael Gove showed a keen interest in Emily’s picture, which was the only oil on canvas selected for the exhibition. Gove, and the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, both asked to meet Emily.  

Emily Singleton discusses her work with Education Minister Michael Gove

Emily Singleton discusses her work with Education Minister Michael Gove:  photo Barton Peveril College

Accompanying Emily to the exhibition was The Vice Principal of Barton Peveril, Nigel Groves, who said;

“This exhibition provided a tremendous opportunity for colleges to highlight the importance of art in the A-level curriculum.”

“Mr Gove spent a long time talking to Emily about her painting and even mentioned it in his speech.  She was a fantastic ambassador for Barton Peveril and clearly made an impact!”

Emily (18), from Southampton, attended Oasis Academy Mayfield before progressing to Barton Peveril where she is currently studying A-levels in Fine Art, Maths and Chemistry.

Ray Turner

Formerly a Civil-Servant and IT Specialist at ONS, Ray is now semi-retired and spare-time self-employed. He contributes to Eastleigh News on a voluntary basis and is also an administrator for the site.