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  • St. Hugh’s High School has copped the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) 2015/2016 Art and Craft in Schools Competition.
  • St. Hugh’s also won a gift certificate valued at $15,000 from the Art Centre; a 30-person tour of the National Gallery of Jamaica; $25,000 worth of art supplies from the Liguanea Drug and Garden Centre; an account from the Jamaica National Building Society; and a cheque valued $20,000 from Hugh’s Photo Lab.
  • Tarrant, which won the Best Originality and Innovation, and Special Mention trophies, received art supplies from Liguanea Drug and Garden Centre as well as a gift certificate valued at $10,000 from the Art Centre.

St. Hugh’s High School has copped the Institute of Jamaica’s (IOJ) 2015/2016 Art and Craft in Schools Competition.

The Kingston-based institution was presented with the Best Overall trophy at the award ceremony held on June 15 at the IOJ Lecture Hall, East Street in downtown Kingston.

St. Hugh’s also won a gift certificate valued at $15,000 from the Art Centre; a 30-person tour of the National Gallery of Jamaica; $25,000 worth of art supplies from the Liguanea Drug and Garden Centre; an account from the Jamaica National Building Society; and a cheque valued $20,000 from Hugh’s Photo Lab.

Six schools participated in the competition, where they were asked to submit art and craft pieces under the theme ‘Reparation’. These included paintings, drawings, fabric work, sculptures, jewellery and photography.

In addition to St. Hugh’s, the other institutions were Foga Road High, Clarendon; Tarrant High and Immaculate Conception High, St. Andrew; and Lacovia High, St. Elizabeth.

Tarrant, which won the Best Originality and Innovation, and Special Mention trophies, received art supplies from Liguanea Drug and Garden Centre as well as a gift certificate valued at $10,000 from the Art Centre.

All the art and craft pieces submitted by the schools were displayed at the award ceremony.

Chief Judge and Visual Arts Coordinator at the MultiCare Foundation, Stanford Watson, commended the high quality of the displays and called for more schools to participate in the competition.

“You have done a great job and we implore you to encourage some of your friends from other schools to enter next time the exhibition is held. I would love to see the exhibition spill over into the National Arena or at multiple sites around the city and in rural districts and towns,” he said.

Director of the Programmes Coordination Division, IOJ, Jacqueline Bushay, also congratulated the work of the students, noting that some 300 art and craft pieces were submitted

“I think the students did very good work. You can see by the efforts that have gone into making the exhibits and I am impressed by the hard work,” she said.

She told JIS News that the planning committee is looking at making the prizes more attractive in order to encourage more schools to take part.