After a six-year break, Heart of England Students have taken part in the Lion’s International Peace Poster competition. Earlier this week, one of our students has had a picture selected to proceed to the next level of the competition.
The top three lucky students met with Lions Steve Meakin and June Leitch to be awarded third, second and first prizes for the local entry to the competition. Tania, Charlotte and Emilia were given Hobbycraft vouchers to spend on art and crafts materials, hopefully helping them to produce more great works of art.
For several decades, the Lions have been sponsoring a special art contest in schools and youth groups. The hope is that creating peace posters gives children everywhere the chance to express their visions of peace and inspire the world through art and creativity. This year with the theme of Dare to Dream, young people are being asked to show how they would turn their dreams of a peaceful world into reality.
The top prize, with a chance to go forward to the international competition went to Tania. Emilia and Charlotte were runners’ up but the Lions admitted it was a difficult task to select one entry to go through.
Steve Meakin, chair of the Lion’s Service Committee said: “The overall standard is superb, with all three candidates showing great technical ability and insight.”
Tania spoke about her work with Steve and June saying: “No one wants war – our whole community is together on this. My piece represents the two halves of dream and reality.”
Emilia highlights the futility of war in her artwork and said: “It shows the pointlessness of war in light of the immense size of the universe and our smallness in it.”
Second prize winner Charlotte said that she included a rainbow and flags “to represent all the different countries of the world and there is a representation of climate issues too.”
Well done to our three great artists for their work and to all the students who took part. There were many excellent and thought-provoking pieces produced.