Dawn House School students win national NASUWT art award!

Dawn House School are celebrating their recent win at the NASUWT Arts and Minds 2014 school-based arts competition to celebrate Black History Month. Year 12 pupils Thomas Hitchen and Alex Kendrick Allen accepted the award in London on behalf of their fellow year 12 students along with teacher Andy Metcalfe, Learning Support Assistant Yasmin Al-Kattan and speech and language therapist Susan Hyde Wright.

Gok Wan chose the photo from all of the entries as the overall winner. The photo had already been chosen as the winner in the Special Schools category. Gok Wan said of the winning entry:

“It is striking, I love the relationship between the characters, the proportions, the composition, the line work and the lighting – it is stunning.

“It is really relevant to today. The message behind the picture is about unity, community spirit, forgiveness and acceptance, regardless of where you are in the world. That is why I think it is absolutely beautiful and brilliant.”

Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said:

“Huge congratulations to the pupils at Dawn House School. Their powerful artwork perfectly captures the competition’s message of celebrating equality and diversity. The image is clearly designed to challenge prevailing stereotypes about race and gender by pupils who themselves admit to often feeling excluded and isolated.”

Tom said on accepting the award: “I was pleasantly surprised, to be able to receive the award on behalf of my peers”

And Alex added: ‘ All the winners were very different yet we all had the same message’.

The students all received Amazon vouchers and the school won a £1000. Well done to everyone involved.

Watch here to see Gok Wan choosing the picture as the overall award.