Mold girl hits big time with Tate display


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A TALENTED young artist will follow in the footsteps of some of the greats by having her work exhibited in the Tate.

Emily Speakman, 15, of Mold, is to have one of her paintings exhibited at the Tate Liverpool art gallery later this month as part of the Blueprint Festival.

Her work – an oil painting called Birth, which depicts a vast cloud of gas and dust where stars are being born – will hang in the Albert Dock building between July 18 and August 2.

Proud mother Lynda said: “As you can imagine she is absolutely over the moon to be selected as the Tate is the largest modern and contemporary art gallery outside of London.

“Emily’s work was painted to comply with the theme of space set by the Tate, which was an instant hit with Emily as she loves painting the solar system so she was in her element.”

Young brush master Emily described her painting as a representation of herself – a young artist who is developing and growing.

She is the youngest artist to exhibit at the show and was selected from hundreds of hopeful applicants.

The year 10 pupil at Mold Alun School has also been invited to become a founder member of ACO Galleries (Artists Co-operative), which already boasts the membership of Mold artist Alwyn Dempster Jones and Wrexham’s Ian Walton.

Mrs Speakman said: “The group has already hosted a self-funded exhibition in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, in May. But the highlight of the event for Emily was when her former headteacher of Ysgol Bryn Coch, Cledwyn Ashford, turned up to wish her well.

“That meant a lot to her.Emily has a very busy summer ahead – she’s already been invited to exhibit at Castle Park Art Centre, Frodsham, in August.

“She has a painting on display in London where she won a highly commended prize for her painting of Moel Famau, and she has a beautiful night scene of the London skyline on display at Theatre Clwyd.”

Emily will also be taking part in the Helfa Gelf art trail in the autumn.

Mrs Speakman said: “Despite being so busy and sitting her first year of GCSE exams, Emily has also found time to help raise money for charity.

“Emily was contacted by RAF Valley and asked if she would be able to paint the tail rotor blade of a Sea King helicopter.

“It was a very unusual request but because the Jon Egging Trust was founded to support disadvantaged young children to reach their full potential, Emily felt very passionate and wanted to help.”

After a 20 hour painting session, Emily produced a search and rescue scene which was auctioned and raised almost £800 for the charity.

Mrs Speakman said: “We can’t believe how far she’s come in the last three years, I’ve watched her develop as an artist but also into a young woman who I am so very proud of.

“She has so much support from her friends, family and people from all over the place sending her messages of how she inspires other young artists, it really is incredible.”

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