United Learning has this week announced the outstanding shortlist of its annual group-wide art competition, after tens of thousands of votes were cast via social media.
With a line-up that reflects the talent of students across the Group’s independent and state schools, the ten finalists are now competing for the overall prize of an all-expenses paid trip to Japan. There, at the International High School Arts Festival, they will see their artwork displayed alongside that of peers from across the world.
The shortlist was the result of two scores: one decided by art teachers across the Group; the other by the general public on social media. This vote has seen by far the most engagement in the competition’s history, with the entries attracting over 26,000 combined ‘likes’ across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as well as comments praising the techniques, themes and creativity of the students.
Narrowing down the highly competitive longlist of entries, the ten pieces making up the shortlist are:
- ‘Portrait of Jo’ by Cara from Newstead Wood School
- ‘The Beauty of Change’ by Ebru from PHC Hitchin
- ‘Adebayo’ by Solove from Ashford School
- ‘The Deepest Expression of Myself’ by Elin of Stockport Academy
- ‘Untitled’ by Yacob from Paddington Academy
- ‘Libby’ by Sophie from Lincoln Minster School
- ‘Urban Decay’ by Tierre from Nova Hreod Academy
- ‘Gemini’ by Katie from Lincoln Minster School
- ‘My Sister’ by Billie from Stockport Academy
- ‘Running Free’ by Matilda from Lincoln Minster School
These ten pieces will now be making their way to Manchester ahead of United Learning’s Leadership Conference next week, where Headteachers, Chairs of Governors and representatives from each of the Group’s schools will get their chance to vote for a winner. Local artist Ruby Tingle, a permanent Artist in Residence at PAPER Gallery, will also be ranking the works of art.
These scores, as well as their combined total so far, will decide the overall competition winners. The top five pieces will all be sent to Japan for the International High School Arts Festival this summer, with the first place prize winner accompanying their artwork in person.
The winner and runners-up will be announced at the end of March.