Delight for Daisy in new competition

Award winners
Award winners

Pupils from Boston and Spilsby won top prizes in a new competition created by the learning disability charity Linkage Community Trust.

The Linkage ArtBeat Competition celebrated the artistic and photographic talents of pupils with special educational needs from Lincolnshire.

The aim of ArtBeat is to champion the creative work of students at special schools and those with additional needs who attend mainstream schools in greater Lincolnshire and Yorkshire.

More than 100 entries were submitted in different age categories and the winners were announced at a ceremony at the Trinity Centre, Louth.

Winners took home cheques for £100 and their schools received art gift packs.

Daisy Mulcahy from John Fielding Special School in Boston won the over-16 artwork section while Rhys Avery from the town’s Giles Academy came third in the under-14 photography category.

Lady Jane Franklin School, in Spilsby, swept the board in the under-16 category photography, taking all top three places.

Kai Dykes took the top two places in the under-14 photography category as the the school netted a total of £550 in prize money for their success.

Sue Morrison, head teacher at John Fielding Special School, said: “We found the competition a very exciting project and all our students were keen to participate. It helped to develop their confidence, share ideas and be motivated.”

Teacher Laurie Reed from The Lady Jane Franklin School said: “It was such a fantastic and inspiring competition that has brought out the best in our pupils.”

Linkage chief executive Ges Roulstone said: “The awards attracted tremendous quality and I want to thank both the students and their teachers for their hard work.

“It was really special to see the delight on the pupils’ faces when they received their prizes at the ceremony. We want to build on this competition for 2016 and work with even more schools.”

The images will now form a touring exhibition to include the winning schools, Linkage events and the Lincolnshire Show, and they will also be published in a calendar for 2016, to mark Linkage’s 40th anniversary year.

Judges included Boston Standard editor Stephen Stray, Philip Williams from Skegness, who is Linkage’s artist in residence, Fraser Scarfe (Lincolnshire artist), Austin Mitchell MP and photographer Melanie Cowell.