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United Learning launches International Art Competition

United Learning launches International Art Competition

United Learning is launching its annual International Art Competition which gives young artists across its secondary academies and independent schools the chance to see their artwork exhibited in Tokyo.

The national competition, now in its 14th year, challenges students aged between 15 and 18 to create an original piece of artwork.  Students have full artistic licence to draw, print or paint whoever or whatever inspires them.  The only requirement is that their piece is flat and has maximum dimensions of 1x1m.

Entries for the competition are now open and students have until 21st January 2022 to submit a high-quality digital photograph of their piece. This year, entries will be put before four audiences over February and March – social media (with the Facebook and Instagram community being asked to ‘like’ their favourite piece), United Learning’s art teachers and executive team, as well as a panel of professional artists.  The former two will take place virtually, whilst the latter judging will take place in person at United Learning’s annual leadership conference. Each judging audience will be asked to vote for their favourite pieces, making up 25% of the final score awarded to each entry.

The student with the highest overall score will take home first place. The winner and three runners-up will be announced via social media on 17th March. These top four students will be given the opportunity to have their work displayed at Tokyo’s celebrated International High School Arts Festival whilst the winner, will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Japan to see their piece exhibited in person, sponsored by The Guardian.

Dame Sally Coates, Director of Secondary Academies at United Learning, said:

“Our International Art Competition is at the heart of our commitment to enriching students with an Education with Character, through which we aim to provide them with opportunities to develop their creativity, use their imagination and challenge themselves.

“Whilst across the Group, we are focusing on ensuring students catch up on any learning lost over the last 18 months, it is equally important that we continue to give them opportunities to develop their creative and artistic talents.  I look forward to seeing the fantastic and inspired submissions that artists across United Learning schools will create and I very much hope that our overall winner will be able to enjoy that coveted trip to Tokyo.”


Posted: Nov 16, 2021,
Categories: News, Group News,
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Author: Grace

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