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Spirited Arts 2014

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Dec, 2014 02:39 PM

Entering the international 'Art in Heaven' competition has become a yearly event at Wilton and Barford CE Primary School.

This competition, run by NATRE, the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education, has attracted entries from schools all over the UK and this year there were even entries from as far afield as Indonesia.

The competition invites children to create a piece of artwork, using drawing, painting, art, video, sculpture or other media, on one of five set themes, along with an explanation of the thoughts behind the artwork.

This year’s themes were  'God - Who are you?', 'Heaven - Life after life', 'Spiritual Journey', 'The Golden Rule' and 'Worship'.

With entries being limited to ten per school, staff and governors at Wilton and Barford had a particularly difficult task this year selecting which artwork should be forwarded to the competition. The standard of work had been noted in the recent SIAMS report, with the inspector commenting that children had ‘responded well to the ‘Spirited Arts’ competition, producing inspiring paintings’.

With over 20,000 children and young people taking part this year, the school has been thrilled to discover that four of their entries have been selected as ‘Commended.’ These entries, created by Eden, Libby, Fraser and Louis can be seen on the 2014 'Art in Heaven' Gallery.

Headteacher Jan Nock commented, "This has not been Wilton and Barford’s only success in the Spirited Arts competition.  In 2010, we had a ‘Winner’ in the category: ‘Respect: A logo for RE’.

"It will be very exciting to see what amazing artwork will be created for the 2015 competition!"

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