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A talented pupil from a Lancashire school has been named as the overall winner of the 2019 Arts & Minds competition organised by the NASUWT-The Teachers’ Union.

Morrigan Atherton-Forshaw, a Year 10 pupil at Albany Academy when the competition was judged, has scooped the top prize of £1,000 for her school.

Morrigan Atherton-Forshaw with her winning entry

Arts & Minds is an annual, UK-wide competition aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools.

Children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools are judged in two categories: art and creative writing.

Morrigan’s entry “Tear Away the Face of Racism” was chosen as the overall winner of the Arts & Minds competition by Dave Kitchen, President of the NASUWT.

The piece had already been selected from hundreds of entries from across the UK as a winner in the secondary school artwork category.

Morrigan was presented with the prize at a national awards ceremony in London today (Tuesday 8 October).

Chris Keates, General Secretary (Acting) of the NASUWT, said:

“Huge congratulations to Morrigan and her teachers at Albany Academy.

“This is a powerful portrayal of a young woman removing racist comments from her face to reveal her true identity.

“Morrigan is clearly a talented artist and she has put a lot of thought and feeling into this piece.

“All of the entries in this competition were creative and clever, so the judges had great difficulty in choosing the winners.

“The high quality of entries is a credit to the skills and abilities of the pupils and their teachers and support staff.

“The NASUWT is proud to organise the Arts & Minds competition, which is a really engaging and effective way to promote and celebrate cultural diversity.”

Dave Kitchen said of the winning entry:

“This is a very strong image with a clear message. The quality of the artwork is just amazing.

“It feels like it’s about breaking stereotypes and coming out as who you really are.”

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