Stanley Grove’s Manchester Art Wins International Prize

Big Draw Stanley GroveStanley Grove Primary Academy has been named as a winner as part of this year’s The Big Draw, the world’s largest drawing festival. The international festival, which began in the UK in 2000, involved over 400,000 people across 1,800 events in 26 countries this year.

Stanley Grove Primary Academy, in Longsight, was recognised in the festival’s annual awards scheme, taking home the Creative School Award for an unprecedented second year. Responding to this year’s ‘It’s Our World’ theme, Stanley Grove hosted an art installation event entitled ‘The Story of Manchester – Past, Present and Future’.

The installation involved students from across the school working together to create a miniature paper city using images from Manchester past and present, as well as pictures of current Stanley Grove pupils to represent the city’s future. The installation, which covered over 16 sq ft, was inspired by renowned artist Yun-Woo Choi’s cityscapes created entirely from used magazines.

Phil Mellen, Principal of Stanley Grove Primary Academy, said: “To be the first school to be recognised with this prestigious award for two years running is a massive achievement for both our staff and pupils. We’re extremely proud to be able to involve our pupils in diverse projects and the way they have worked together to create this unique installation is truly fantastic.”

Stanley Grove Primary Academy is a member of the Bright Futures Educational Trust. Bright Futures, which counts schools at all age groups across the North West amongst its membership, is dedicated to providing a world-class education for its students through diverse opportunities as well as a traditional curriculum.

Dame Dana Ross-Wawrzynksi, CEO of Bright Futures Educational Trust, said: “I’d like to congratulate Phil and the team at Stanley Grove Primary Academy for their inspirational integration of art into the curriculum. The Big Draw installation is clearly an exceptional project and one that has deservedly been acknowledged by an international audience.”