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John Taylor High School shortlisted in the Midlands

St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist, today announced the seven finalists for its national schools photography competition in celebration of the Company’s 30th anniversary.

Entitled ‘Making Places’, the competition was launched in April this year to secondary schools across England and Wales, asking GCSE art students to capture the theme of place making through the medium of photography.

Over 400 students across the UK took part in the competition which involved a series of individual schools workshops hosted by Stephen Burke, photographer for the Telegraph and the Financial Times and a member of award-winning, contemporary art organisation ‘WERK’*.

Between April and June, the workshops took place at individual St. Modwen development sites across the UK with John Taylor High School attending a workshop at Branston Leas, Burton-upon-Trent. They provided the students with insightful guidance on how to encapsulate the theme of place making and a sense of community through photography, in addition to offering careers advice in this field.

In July, each participating school submitted their best entry from which the seven finalists have now been selected with John Taylor High School leading the charge in the Midlands.

Commenting on the competition and the Midlands’ shortlisted entry, Stephen Burke says:

“We have had an overwhelming response to the competition and a very high standard of entry. I have thoroughly enjoyed each of the workshops and engaging with the schools.

“Madeleine Bradley from John Taylor High School’s entry was shortlisted because it captured the essence of place making through its depiction of a construction site – the reference to the supporting scaffolding, fencing and timbers appearing at the very top of the photograph create the sense of new places and communities, whilst the bright colours and movement effects applied to the shot give the whole picture an abstract, contemporary edge. Kyle Stephenson, also of John Taylor High School, was also Highly Commended in the competition for his shot of the supporting scaffolding.

“The seven finalists should be congratulated on each their entries and we look forward to unveiling the winner on the 27th September.”

Stephen Prosser, Midlands Regional Director, St. Modwen says:

“Increasingly, we are building new schools and colleges as part of our UK-wide regeneration programme. To date we have delivered a new University campus, three colleges and three new schools and currently have 13 more such projects planned in our development pipeline. 

“With a robust schools engagement programme already in place we wanted to use our 30th anniversary to link education with regeneration, art and urban design. Not only has the photography competition achieved this but it has also enabled us to capture what regeneration looks like in 2016. Furthermore, the participating students are growing up with live regeneration projects on their doorstep and the competition has helped them to explore and appreciate the history of their community whilst understanding what it is that gives it a true sense of place and identity”.

Madeline’s entry focuses on St. Modwen’s development in Branston Leas; a new community being created by St. Modwen which will include 660 new family homes and an 82 acre bluebell woodland. A new sports pavilion and play area has already been delivered at Clays Lane Park along with the extension to Rykneld Primary School, which has provided an additional 160 places.

The winning photograph will be judged by a panel of industry leading judges and announced on 27th September at a ceremony hosted by the Princes Foundation for Building Community in London. The ceremony will follow a morning place making workshop by Max Farrell at Sir Terry Farrell’s architectural practice, also in London.

The winning prize is a state of the art camera and £3,000 towards the school’s art department.