Our Stories - Chloe Livingston Story
Chloe Livingston won a top prize in a UK-wide arts contest but there was no money in the school kitty to send her to the awards ceremony in London.
There was also frustration among her teachers that Chloe’s work was to hang for a month in the world-famous Saatchi Gallery yet the little girl who created it would never get to see it.
The Teddy Bear Foundation was proud to contribute £300 to Chloe’s costs to allow her and teacher Laurie Ledingham to travel to London for the big event.
There was also a little left over for a new outfit and an eye-watering trip to the London Dungeon.
“She could not believe it,” said Laurie, a teacher at the Ladywell Learning Centre in Glasgow, which looks after kids with social, emotional and behavioural needs.
“It was Chloe’s first trip outside of Glasgow and she could not believe just how big London was.”
The 12-year-old from Easterhouse took part in a Young Brits at Art workshop, where youngsters discovered the work of artist David Shrigley.
Young people between the ages of 11 and 19 were encouraged to create paintings which might tell a story or make an observation about life without prejudice.
Her entry in the Young Brits at Art contest, “The Beach House” graphically tackled the problem of domestic abuse.
Originally, her school was told Chloe was one of just six pupils from across Scotland invited to the South Bank Centre in London, where the Top 10 placings would be decided out of the 1800 entries from across Britain.
But only when she went to London, to the ceremony at the South Bank Centre, did she discover she had won first prize!
“The Beach House” enjoyed a month’s residence at the Saatchi Gallery for contemporary art in Sloane Square.
Said Ms Ledingham:”For Chloe to get all this special attention and recognition was lovely to see and I hope it will have a positive impact on her future.”
Chloe Livingston with her winning painting
Chloe Livingston gets the full media treatment after her win in London