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This month, students from William Farr School in Lincolnshiretook part in a national schools photography competition, entitled ‘Making Places’, to mark the 30th anniversary of St. Modwen, the UK’s leading regeneration specialist and developer of the Siemens facility at Teal Park.

William Farr School is one of just 30 secondary schools to be handpicked from across England and Wales to take part in the competition, entitled ‘Making Places’, which asks GCSE art students to capture the theme of placemaking through the medium of photography. In doing so, students will explore what community, architecture or urban design means to them.

Students from William Farr School recently attended a workshop hosted by Stephen Burke, photographer for the Telegraph and the Financial Times, and a member of award-winning, contemporary art organisation ‘WERK’*. The session provided the pupils with insightful guidance on how to encapsulate the theme of placemaking and a sense of community through photography, in addition to offering careers advice in this field.

William Farr School will now put forward its best shots captured by mid July 2016.  The national panel of judges will then select a shortlist of seven schools to go forward to the final.  The national final will take place in London on 27 September 2016 where the winner will be announced and awarded with a state of the art camera and £3,000 towards the school’s art department.

Andrew Stones, Head Teacher at William Farr School in Lincolnshire added:

“This competition is a fantastic opportunity for our students to gain special insights into the urban environments surrounding them. By working closely with a nationally renowned photographer the students have not only been inspired creatively but have also gained an understanding of ‘professional practice’ which shows how creative skills learned in the classroom can lead to a successful career. In addition, the students have developed a deeper understanding of St. Modwen’s work in our local area and how it impacts them.”

In 2011, Siemens signed a £20m pre-let and development deal with St. Modwen to build the 135,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility at Teal Park on a 12 year lease. The purpose built facility was completed and handed over to Siemens in October 2012 and was awarded a BREEAM Outstanding Rating in recognition of its sustainable design.