Peace poster competition

Students’ creative talent express their hopes

Young talent was on show when local senior schools entered this years’ Lions International Peace Poster competition. This encourages youngsters to show their artistic ability as well as expressing their view, aspirations and hopes for peace. This year the theme was  “A celebration of Peace” .

Entries were judged by Members of Bexhill Lions with a winner being chosen from each school. An overall winner was then selected and entered into the next round, which covered 23 Lions Clubs in SE England.

The local winner was Moe Murphy, a year 8 student from St Richard’s Catholic College and the runner up was Maya Green from Bexhill Academy.

Moe’s entry was a dramatic visualisation of how differing religions can all be part of a shared hope for peace.

In explaining her thinking behind the piece Moe said “Many people see the hands of their god reaching out to them and also see the tree as being a symbol of life. I wanted to connect the two, reaching for peace”.

In assembly at St Richard’s , Moe was presented with a trophy and gift vouchers for artist materials by Lions Sue Cassell and June Hough. Mr Adam Peachment, subject leader-art received a certificate and a cheque for £150 for materials for the art department.

At Bexhill Academy, Maya received a voucher and trophy for being the school winner and  Mr Quentin Carver- Carpenter, Head of Art & Design received a certificate and a cheque for £75 for artist material for the school.

 Sue Cassell Youth Committee Chair said “This year the entries were very strong and we have a fantastic winner in Moe, who not only demonstrated her artistic talent but also a deep understanding of the theme of the competition.

Lion President Rick Hough, who attended both presentations added ” Our congratulations not only to the winners Moe and Maya but also to all the students who took part. I would also like to thank the art departments’ staff at St. Richard’s and Bexhill Academy for their continued support and encouragement of their pupils to participate in this competition.”

The competition is open to young people aged 11-13 years from schools or youth groups and invites them to express creatively their hopes and aspirations for the world. The theme for the 2017-18 competition is “The Future of Peace”

For more information regarding the competition please contact Sue at

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