Izobelle Broadley (15), from Spen Valley High School will be one of the lucky pupils whose artwork will be displayed for all to see after winning a competition run by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Launched at the end of 2016, the competition challenged students to create a piece of artwork with their own interpretation of the statement, ‘We are far more united than the things that divide us’ spoken by the late Jo Cox MP in her maiden House of Commons speech.
Izobelle chose to represent people of all different races coming together. She said: “I decided to do more pattern rather than an actual image in order to make it more bold and interesting. In the centre I drew people holding hands, all different colours and patterns to represent people of all different races, cultures and backgrounds coming together, which is something Jo Cox heavily emphasised.”
Her creativity saw Izobelle score 5/5 for each of the criteria (good use of colour, imagination, fitting with the theme, and technical ability). She received a £50 prize and her canvas will now be placed on the wall at Dewsbury and District Hospital.
Thirteen pupils from the school entered the competition with Ella Watson and Reuben Stocks both named as joint runners up. The standard of the artwork was so high the judges made the decision to display all 13 canvases at Dewsbury Hospital.
Consultant Urogynaecologist Dr Kathryn Fishwick, came up with the initial idea for the project, she said, “I was blown away with the standard of the entries, the thought and creativity which went in to each and every one of them was amazing. They all deserve to be displayed for anyone visiting the hospital to see and we look forward to putting them up and welcoming the school to come along for a viewing.
“It’s important we continue to demonstrate our commitment to the future of Dewsbury Hospital, something which was also important to Jo, and I hope this project will go some way towards illustrating this.”
The artwork will be displayed in the coming months and the Trust will be looking to invite members of Jo Cox’s family along to an opening event.