Talented pupils from integrated schools around Northern Ireland joined members of the IEF, Baroness May Blood and Tony Carson in Hazelwood Integrated College, Belfast on Thursday 22 September to celebrate the creativity and talent of our young people in integrated schools.The Carson Awards scheme is named after the late, legendary comedian Frank Carson, whose family funds the awards.
Year 14 Art & Design student Gareth Murphy won the 2015-2016 bursary for his application entitled HARMONIDENTITY. This project was conceived to reflect the work done during NB20 and create an opportunity for all pupils and staff new to the college, during the year of the 20th anniversary celebrations, to respond creatively to the theme of integration.
“For me this is a great honour and an opportunity to share my positive experience of our school with others. The integrated ethos of the school is what brings everyone together and makes integrated education work so well. Integrated education means a lot to me as it has made me feel happier in myself and really boosted my self-esteem.” Gareth Murphy
Gareth’s bursary enabled ceramic artist Ciara Campbell to join the art department, working with staff and students to create a living sculpture which is now housed in the school grounds.
Courtney Crossett was awarded first prize for KS4 and received a beautiful crystal trophy from Mr Tony Carson, son of Frank Carson.
“My project is made up of framed sections of our school prayer which have been illustrated in the school colours of purple and green. Each section is put together in the shape of a cross. The paintings are done using watercolour and are set in wooden frames. I have used the cross format in my art work as it is a symbol of forgiveness which brings all religions together. I have chosen the symbol of the cross because it is a universal symbol accepted by all Christian traditions in Northern Ireland. This idea inspired me to think about images for other elements of our school prayer and how I could illustrate it for my project investigation. I am really pleased with the final outcome and I think it will be lovely to display in the school so that everyone can appreciate how wonderful our school prayer is.” Courtney Crossett