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King's Lynn pupil Bryan, 15, a winner in art competition

By Lynn News Reporter

Looking In The Wrong Place, by Bryan Henry, 15 (5832190)
Looking In The Wrong Place, by Bryan Henry, 15 (5832190)

Bryan Henry, 15, from King Edward VII Academy is a winner of the Spirited Arts competition held annually by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE).

More than 27,000 students entered, with art coming from as far afield as Cyprus and Australia, Indonesia and South Africa.

Many schools have an Art in Heaven unit of work, or a special learning RE/arts week.

KES RE teacher Laura Watson said: "We are delighted that Bryan has been chosen as a winner. He worked so hard on his piece and deserves this recognition.

"The students really enjoyed taking part in Spirited Arts because it not only provides an opportunity to think critically about current affairs and values but it also provides a great platform for cross-curricular activity, combining subjects like Art, RE, English and History, which allows our students to explore different ways of learning."

Bryan's piece was called Looking In The Wrong Place.

He explained: "My pieces show the hand of a person reaching out to a cross (the cross represents God/Jesus). The hand is restrained by iron shackles that prevent the person from reaching God.

"For a very long time our world has been in constant conflict between the views of religion and science. Many people find it easier to believe in the more logical and scientific theories, which seem to challenge religious beliefs.

"We are often betrayed by our expectation of being able to see God. My question is, ‘Could God still exist without having a physical presence?’ Could it be that God is the light that shines upon the earth, giving life to millions of extraordinary creatures? Could God be the air we breathe? Could God simply be the good deeds people carry out every day?

"My piece shows how logic and science (represented by the shackles) sometimes hold people back and prevent them from believing in a ‘God’ who is real to them. So, ask yourself this question, is there no God? Or have we just been looking in the wrong places?"


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