Pupils win art competition

A county academy has appointed an artist in residence to encourage pupils to engage in the arts outside of the curriculum.

Northumberland Church of England Academy, in Ashington, has made the arts an important focus for this school year, and has run a competition with the help of artist Paul Makepeace.

The competition ran within the academy, saw more than 220 pupils put designs forward to have their artwork recreated onto custom skateboards by urban artist Paul, who is the academy’s artist in residence.

And David Brough, Sarah Little, Rebecca Mitchelson and Ethan Armstrong, were delighted when their designs were chosen.

Paul said: “It is important to engage with the young people on their level and introduce activities that they are passionate about.

“Skateboards are a prime example of great contemporary design and I was amazed at the level of the artwork.”