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Fulwood school pupil wins international art competition

Posted on - 20th June, 2020 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Fulwood, People, Preston News, Schools
Katie Williams
Katie won first place for her age group in the Never Such Innocence competition

A Fulwood school pupil has won first place in an international art competition.

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Katie Williams, who is in year 9 at Archbishop Temple School, placed first in her age category in the Never Such Innocence competition.

The annual competition in poetry, art, speech and song focuses on conflict and its impact, and is open to young people aged nine to 18. This year’s theme was how conflict affects communities

Katie’s winning entry – a pencil drawing entitled Hide and Seek – depicts three young boys wearing long shorts and gas masks during World War II.

Katie's winning entry, Hide and Seek
Katie’s winning entry, Hide and Seek

Ms Markham, Head of Art, said: “It is an absolutely amazing achievement to win first place in an age category. Last year entries came in from 43 countries, so it really is international.

“Apparently, Katie’s entry was the favourite not just with the panel of judges but also the organisation’s founder Lady Lucy French.

“It is especially pleasing as many of our year 9 pupils spent their lunchtimes finishing these pieces of work, Katie included, so we could meet the closing date when we began running out of lesson time with the school closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic imminent.”

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Katie said: “It shocks me to realise that children had to cope in such difficult circumstances during wartime. The image was so innocent and thought provoking I had to recreate it.

“Knowing that I have won first place in my age category makes me proud and inspired to do more artwork.”

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The competition has previously concentrated on keeping the events of World War I in the minds of young people during the 100 year anniversary, from 2014 to 2018. Due to the international success of the project over those four years, the competition has expanded to include other conflicts.

Archbishop Temple School has had success in the competition in the past. The school had a third place winner in 2015 and the pupil, her parent and Ms Markham attended the awards ceremony at the House of Lords. Ms Markham was also lucky enough to attend the Finale at Buckingham Palace in November 2018, in recognition of the school’s support of the project.

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