Pupils from Lawn Manor Academy have won a competition held by The Brunel shopping centre to celebrate the centre’s 50th anniversary.
Schools were tasked with creating artwork to adorn one of the pillars, based on their vision of what they would like the natural world to look like in 50 years’ time.
Lawn Manor Academy extended the competition to all pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 as an extra-curricular opportunity to demonstrate their graphic design skills.
Last year the school introduced a new GCSE in Graphic Design, and says the talent already shown by pupils has been impressive.
From the school’s lead-up competition, four pupils were chosen as the winners: Year 10 pupils Keona and M.D. and Year 11 pupils Sarah and Will. These four then worked together to produce the final artwork for display in The Brunel.
Together with pillar art pieces by pupils of King William Street CE Primary School, Lethbridge Primary School, Commonweal School and The Ridgeway School, the Lawn Manor work was put to a public online vote.
Winning the public vote with 144 votes was Lawn Manor Academy’s piece, which highlighted the plight of the oceans due to pollution and man’s impact on the natural world.
The winning four pupils, together with teacher Emma Mills, were presented with a hamper of art supplies from The Brunel’s Administrator Laura Bracey.
Emma Mills, who is Head of Graphics, said: “Our pupils really embraced the competition and we received over 60 entries from those studying Graphics and DT.
"It was a challenge to shortlist them down to the final 4 but we chose the entries that showed the best use of graphics skills and who embraced the brief.
"We are very thankful for this opportunity and look forward to entering again next year if the competition continues!
“The final artwork that they’ve then worked together to produce is an engaging and eye-catching piece that highlights the need for everyone to consider how we’re treating the natural world in order to continue enjoying it for generations to come.”
The artwork is displayed on pillars outside of Something Different, Supercuts, Eurochange, High Score and Blue Banana.
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