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Young Arts

Alton College Foundation Scholarships

Our society has a long association with the Foundation whose aim is to provide scholarships to college students for excellence in a wide range of subjects. Traditionally TASA has offered scholarships to students who have excelled at art.


Up-date on 2019 student Emily Barnet

4 years ago, our Society awarded a bursary of £300 to Alton College student Emily Barnet support her Art Foundation work. She went on to study for a degree in Hand Embroidery for Fashion & Interiors at the Royal School of Needlework located at Hampton Court.

Below is a picture of Emily in front of her submission for the degree show in June 2023. Her source of inspiration was Chawton House where Emily often does holiday jobs.

As you can see, Emily has a passion for detailed layered or raised embroidery. In her own words, she has brought 3D parchment paper petals into the botanical element. They are hand embroidered with text taken from letters written by Jane Austin.

When I first saw Emily’s masterpiece, my breath was quite taken away by the beauty and purity of her work. It won’t surprise you that the task took 720 hours to complete.

On behalf of you all, I have expressed my delight to Emily on her many accomplishments, one of the most fascinating of which includes working on the Anointing screen for the Coronation. Over this she was of course sworn to secrecy until the big day.

John Harrap

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