Black History Month Competition 2020 – Winners Revealed

Black History Month Competition 2020 – Winners Revealed

To celebrate inspirational black people and their achievements we launched our first ever Black History Month art competition.

Talented students from all year groups across our Trust jumped at the chance to flex their creative muscles and submissions quickly rolled in; we were overwhelmed with so many fantastic and imaginative entries!

After time to ponder some difficult decisions were made, our judging panel chose 3 overall winners – congratulations to you all! Our judges didn’t have it easy, there were so many fantastic pieces submitted; all of them were celebratory, imaginative, educational, diverse and interesting.  All winners will be contacted directly.

 

KENT WINNERS – SECONDARY SCHOOLS

 

Third Place:

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“#Maketheuturn” | Maria Gecheva | Rochester Grammar School, Year 12

 

Maria said: I chose to create a piece of Marcus Rashford MBE. The piece was inspired by his #maketheUturn movement that he started during lockdown, to provide free meals for the vulnerable children and families. He fought on after Boris Johnson rejected the U-turn over holiday meal vouchers, and vouched to help the 200,000 children who were skipping meals. 1.3 million children ended up receiving vouchers for free school meals during the summer holidays, his campaign succeeded.  He is an inspiration for young people all over Britain, as at only 22 he has received the title MBE and started a change for the vulnerable people in our society.
The background of this piece is made up by some of Rashford’s most powerful quotes: “protect our most vulnerable children”, “no child should go to bed hungry”, “no access to food is never the child’s fault” and “help get food to vulnerable families and children”.

 

Second Place:

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“William Brown” | TVA Art Project | The Victory Academy

 

The class said: Within the Art department at the Victory Academy, we have taken creative inspiration from the beautiful paintings of Chris Ofili and decided to get students to produce work inspired by the life of William Brown.

William’s birth name is unknown, and she has been recorded in history under the name she used to enlist in the Royal Navy. She was born between 1789-94 and was from the Caribbean Island Grenada. William disguised herself as a man to enlist in a profession that was off limits for women. There is a record of her joining the crew of HMS Queen Charlotte, built in Chatham Dockyard, between May and June 1815 as a landsman sailor, until it was discovered that she was a woman and discharged. How long she had served and where she came from is a matter of debate among historians. Some say she served for at least a dozen years, rising to the rank of foretop captain. Students at Victory have produced portraits of William Brown and taken inspiration from the artist Chris Ofilli. With his use of vibrant contrasting colours, African patterns, larger than life afros and his use of dots to highlight and bring portraits to life. We hope you like our colourful display of work.

 

First Place:

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Black History Month Blowout | Ama Amo-Agyei | Rochester Grammar School, Year 9

 

Ama said: The people I have chosen to draw are: Diane Abbott-MP, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr, Stormzy and Chadwick Boseman. I chose these people because they have all overcome challenges associated with their race in order to aspire to be their best in every area of their lives. Their stories inspire and give me confidence to be able to tell myself that I can also make a change, looking beyond the colour of my skin.

Judges comments:

“Using music and video media is an ingenious way of responding to the project. With digital media used to show the drawing and timed well with the lyrics on the song, the drawings showed technical strength but was also edited well with timings, this is a strong response of including many inspirational figures and with a fitting, emotional, written tribute.”

 


 

KENT WINNERS – PRIMARY SCHOOLS

 

Third Place:

 

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“The First African American Astronaut” | Ashton Mackenzie | The Gordon Children’s Academy, Year 5

 

Ashton said: Robert Henry Lawrence JR was a US Air Force officer and the first African American astronaut in June 1967.

 

Second Place:

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“Constructivist Celebrations” | Year 6 Snowdrop Class | All Faiths Children’s Academy

 

The class said: We considered the Russian Constructivist movement (as a part of our WW1 topic)  in which their style was used for Soviet Propaganda. We then considered ways in which to represent our icons through the abstract medium. Each child chose a member of the black community who they felt most inspired by.  The entries are individual.

 

First Place:

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“Josephine Baker” | Khali Shelley | Gordon Children’s Academy  Yr 2 (Class Cratchitt)  

 

Kahli said: I have read a book about Josephine Baker before and I like her a lot because she didn’t let people being mean to her because she was black stop her from living her life and doing what she loved. She was a dancer, a spy in WW2 and she fought to change laws to make sure black and white people were treated the same. She adopted children from different countries to show that wherever you come from you can all live together happily. She also had a pet leopard! She is not just a Black History Month hero but a Girl Power Hero. I made this picture by laying on the floor in a dance move so my Mummy could drawer round me to show that anyone can become their hero. I then painted her, made a crown of real feathers and then wrote facts about Josephine Baker in my best handwriting which took a long time!

Judges comments:

“I enjoyed this very simple drawing showing the simple joy that this child derived from naming her inspirational black female person who she had read about, who worked as a dance performer, an activity which the pupil enjoyed, achieved at many things with odds against her and yet undeterred, found time to adopt children of all races to emphasize her belief in life despite this making her colour and poor finances. This pupil picked out Josephine‘s greatest achievements which is very unusual for a child of a primary school age. To lie down and be drawn so she can paint the movement in colours shows some ingenuity. She acknowledges her own failure in writing but persisted. Her joyous laugh is infectious!”

 


 

PORTSMOUTH SCHOOLS WINNERS

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“Martin Luther King” | Mohamed Helal | Newbridge Junior School

 

Mohamed said: He is interesting and it is important to go to the past and check what happened. Martin Luther helped and inspired the black people to ask for their rights.

 

Second Place:

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“Justice” | Daisy Lee | The Portsmouth Academy

 

First Place:

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“A True Inspiration” | Millie Harbert | Meon Junior School

Millie said: I chose Muhammad Ali because he didn’t give up. He started training young and to start young meant that he believed in himself. All of this training payed off and he was one of the best boxers. His nickname was the greatest.

Judges comments:

An expressive use of paint and colour to celebrate Muhammad Ali. Symbolic imagery combined with a well-constructed portrait.

 


We wish a huge congratulations to all of our winners, and well done to everyone who submitted such creative entries.

The gallery below showcases every entry received – a big thank you and well done to all. We will be looking to hosting an art show to display your work to members of the public. (Please note this it lockdown dependent). Watch this space!

Hover over artwork to see the People’s Choice Awards reference number.  You can also click to enlarge the artwork.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed exploring all the wonderful pieces of art submitted to this year’s competition. There were so many excellent submissions that we wanted to give parents and students the opportunity to help choose an additional winner by voting on the People’s Choice Award. Please choose the number that relates to your favourite piece of art or video.

People’s Choice Award – Vote Now!