This week United Learning has unveiled the impressive shortlist of its annual International Art Competition, after students, staff and the general public voted for their favourite artwork via social media.
The ten shortlisted pieces were created by secondary school students from across the Group’s independent schools and academies, reflecting the talent and creativity of our young people up and down the country.
The artists will now go head to head to win the top prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Japan this summer, where they will get the chance to attend the International High School Arts Festival and see their work on display at the prestigious National Art Centre, Tokyo. The competition’s three runners-up will also have their work exhibited alongside the winner’s.
To be in with a chance of being shortlisted, students had to rank highly on two scores – one being the number of votes their piece won from art teachers across the Group and the other from the general public on social media. Across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, entries drew in an incredible 16000 votes in total.
The ten shortlisted artworks are:
- ‘AL’ by Billie from Stockport Academy
- ‘…call it ‘Kiera’’ by Abe from AKS Lytham
- ‘Lost and Found’ by Joyce from Ashford School
- ‘Pride in my Hijab’ by Farah from Stockport Academy
- ‘Limited Edition’ by Calypso from Wye Free School
- ‘Blank Space’ by Cecilia from The Hyndburn Academy
- ‘Dust’ by Freya from Newstead Wood School
- ‘Baby’ by Sandy from Lincoln Minster School
- ‘Dad’ by Lelani from Avonbourne Girls’ Academy
- ‘Reflection ≠ Perception’ by J Jay from AKS Lytham
These pieces of art will now be posted to Manchester where they will go on display at United Learning’s Leadership Conference next week. There, Headteachers, Chairs of Governors and representatives from schools across the Group will take on the difficult task of ranking the artworks.
For the final count, these scores will be added to ones the students have already collected, with local artist and children’s book author Emma Reynolds also providing her expert feedback.
The winning artist and runners-up will be announced at the end of March.