Following on from the success of the Who Are You? Competition run by The Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), an exhibition of the winners? work can be seen in TheGallery at the AUB from the 25th – 29th April.

Who Are You? challenged 16-18 year old artists and designers to create a piece of artwork that best described who they are in the world today. Over 100 entries were received from creative teenagers across the globe, including entries from Washington DC, Amsterdam and many more.

All the entries were shortlisted by a panel of judges who are creative industry experts, including Set Designer Rhea Thierstein who was the Art Director for Jessie J?s ?Price Tag? video; Senior Writer Gavin Lucas from Creative Review Magazine; Urban Artist Soap who has created portraits for Ed Sheeran, Florence and the Machine and Rhianna; and Jono Hilt from Karamarama, the fastest growing creative agency in the UK Top 25.

The shortlisted entries were then put forward to a public Facebook vote, with 10 winners seeing their artwork supersized on 50 billboards across the country – provided by JCDecaux – as well as their own Gallery Exhibition at the AUB.

The winners included Antonia Perez, a Filipino student currently studying at the International School of Amsterdam. His artwork resembled his heritage as a Filipino. He commented ??I felt shocked and overwhelmed of the outcome of the votes, not knowing there will be a lot of people that will be supporting me…I have never won any public competitions before so this is a new experience to me, especially winning something that I love to do best.?

Who Are You? was created by Simon Pride, Head of Marketing and Communications at the AUB who commented ? The competition aimed to highlight and nurture the creative talent of young artists across the nation. Inevitably there will be as many answers to the question ?Who Are You?? as there are people, but we didn’t expect such diversity. The energy, the humor, the charm, the cleverness, the beauty, the positivity and the skill all remind us what it is to be young, talented and fearless. The project was designed to give young people a giant platform for them to express and develop their talent, but much more than that, we?ve got some wonderful stories expressed through art.?

The Private View for the exhibition is on Wednesday 25th April between 4-6pm. For more details, or to reserve a place, please email sevans@aub.ac.uk