John Laing has been encouraging young artists at three schools from its PFI project in North Swindon to get their creative juices flowing by entering the North Swindon Secondary Schools Art Competition.
The first round of the competition was judged on Friday 15 February by a panel of local judges including Neil Selby from Swindon Borough Council and Rebecca Waldman from ArtPoint.
The judges picked their 11 favourite works of art from over 45 entries. The budding artists entering the competition are all pupils of three schools from the North Swindon PFI project, a John Laing project which saw the design, build, finance and now operation of seven schools, in partnership with the council. The schools are Nova Hreod School (full secondary school), Isambard Community School (year 7 only) and Uplands School (all special needs pupils).
The final 11 entries will be judged by the John Laing Board of Directors, along with an education curator of the Tate Modern, at John Laing’s central London headquarters on Friday 29 February. All finalists and their parents will be invited to attend the judging, and enjoy dinner and overnight stay in central London as well as a private tour of the Tate Modern and a trip on the London Eye.
The three top winners will also receive grants for their schools’ art departments.