Wimbledon student in final of BBC2 programme tonight


School of Saatchi reaches its conclusion on BBC2 tonight and a graduate from Wimbledon School of Art is in the running


By Glyn Semple

A GRADUATE from Wimbledon School of Art could be the winner of a BBC2 competition, due to be shown on television tonight.

School of Saatchi reaches its exciting conclusion tonight and Sam Zealey is not giving away the result.

The show was filmed in advance and the contestants already know the outcome.

The winner gets the chance to exhibit their work in the world famous Hermitage gallery in St Petersburg.

On Monday night’s show they are exhibiting their work in Charles Saatchi’s Gallery and he will make the final decision.

The art mogul is famously media shy and will not actually appear on camera. So what is he really like?

Sam said: “He’s actually a really decent, down to earth, bloke.

“He gave us very straight answers.”

So far the six artists have created pieces for Hastings’ seafront and  the stately home, Sudeley Castle.

Sam said: “It was massive learning curve and I have got heaps stronger from it.”

His art is inspired by science and engineering and he says one of his heroes was famous engineer and railway pioneer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

“He is a marvel of a man,” he said.

His father and grandfather are engineers so it runs in the family but Sam’s ambition is to be one of the next 21st century sculptors.

At Wimbledon College of Art he started as a painter and said the tutors were great.

He praised the advice he got from Course Director Dereck Harris and Lecturer Mark Farrington who he described as no-nonsense and said he ‘tells it how it is’.

College Dean George Blacklock said: “It is always a pleasure to see one of our recent graduates taking on new challenges, and the School of Saatchi is certainly an amazing experience for Sam.

“We’re delighted that he’s done so well and are watching with much interest and support for the final outcome.”

If you want to find out how Sam got on, the show is on tonight (December 14) on BBC2.

To see more of his work visit


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