Arts & Minds

A powerful and creative response to racism has been named as the overall winner in the NASUWT’s Arts & Minds Competition
Grace Numfor, a Year 11 pupil from Ercall Wood Technology College in Telford was chosen as the winner of the national competition by TV presenter and Arts & Minds chief judge Gok Wan for her artwork entitled Why Us?
Grace’s piece shows three portraits set on a background of words and often upsetting racial slurs.
Gok Wan said of the winning entry: “This piece is striking. There are so many deep messages going on. The accuracy of the faces portrayed is amazing.
“I have never met any of these people but I feel I know them. The piece is absolutely beautiful.
“The wording just punches you in the face. It is quite a remarkable thing; it drew me in and got me thinking about something I perhaps don’t want to think about.”
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.
Grace received her prize at a national awards ceremony in London where the other winning finalists and their schools were also honoured.
Details of how to enter the 2019 Arts & Minds competition will be made available in the new year.

2018 Winners