PREDICTING THE FUTURE THROUGH ART – WITH THE WINNERS WELCOMED TO WESTMINSTER, LONDON

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Primary School pupils in South Yorkshire have been given a fantastic opportunity of showcasing their talents by entering an art competition where the winning creation will take pride of place in the Department for Education in Westminster, London.

A town that has more artistic integrity and depth than many may be aware of, it is Rotherham’s primary school pupils that have been asked to look forwards and visualise what they think the world of work might look like in the year 2050.

The competition idea originated from the UK Commission for Employment and Skills reports that investigate job trends and changes that may occur in the UK’s future. By taking a leap forward in imaginary time, pupils have been envisioning what new or different jobs may be needed, what types of equipment and technology will there be and will it look and feel different to do a traditional job like a nurse or a teacher.

The UK CES who hold their headquarters outside of Westminster within the Rotherham borough have teamed up with locally based Gallery Town project to deliver the competition. Gallery Town is a cultural regeneration project based within Rotherham who utilise the support of the private sector to fund public art installations for all to enjoy. The innovative open-air gallery currently exhibits over a hundred installations of art across the Town Centre and engages with the National Gallery, local artists and local college and school pupils.

Along with the UK CES the competition is being supported by local training providers XTOL Development Services and Ways 2 Work. These two companies form part of the The Phoenix Enterprises Training Group that collectively support learning and training within the workplace for both employers and employees.

The deadline for competition submissions is the June 12 and the winners and runners-up will be announced on the June 22. The winning piece of artwork will take pride of place in the UK CES office in the Department for Education in Westminster and will be awarded at a handover event with the date TBC.

Anyone interested in getting involved in the Gallery Town Project can find more information here www.gallerytown.org.uk

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