KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
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In order to commemorate the Bicentenary of Lord’s Cricket ground, MCC in partnership with acclaimed artist Darren Baker invited local schools to take part in the Howzart! competition.
Over 500 pupils were given the brief to design a piece of artwork celebrating the Bicentenary of Lord’s.
The students took part in a series of workshops and tours of Lord’s delivered by MCC staff and school assemblies and lessons lead by Darren Baker.
Here the budding artists were asked to create pieces based on:
The judging panel incorporated two members of the MCC Arts and Library committee alongside Darren Baker. They had the tough job of selecting the top 20 pieces to be incorporated into a mural designed by Darren Baker and featuring some of his work.
Darren Baker said: "It has been a great honour to create this mural for MCC. The whole project has been a terrific experience and one that is close to my heart, in terms of working with and inspiring the next generation and providing opportunities.
"It was amazing to work with such a famous sporting institution and local schools, the feedback and goodwill generated has been fantastic. I hope this energy and positivity is reflected in the mural."
The competition winners are:
|Raaya Taleb||Barrow Hill Junior School|
|Ella McDougal Fraser||Barrow Hill Junior School|
|Jon Kushevica||Barrow Hill Junior School|
|Sabeha Ahemead Deba||Christ Church Bentinck Primary School|
|Yaseen Elhowairis||Christ Church Bentinck Primary School|
|Fahim Rofique||Gateway Academy|
|Diana Sada||St Augustine's CE Primary School|
|Karen Arasa||St Edward's RC Primary School|
|Klajdi Dunisha||St Edward's RC Primary School|
|Spike Peru||St Mary's Bryanstone Primary School|
|Oliver Buckle||St Mary's Bryanstone|
|Evelyn Layton-Niland||St Peter's CE Primary School|
|Elisabeth Von Pimmern Peglow||St Peter's CE Primary School|
|Malia Samberger||St Peter's CE Primary School|
|Yun Zhang||St Vincent's RC Primary School|
|Lilia Deiri||Westminster Academy|
|Fiona Hashani||Westminster Academy|
|Ala Benani||Westminster Academy|
|Nahid Ahamed||Westminster Academy|
|Catherine Zanetti||Westminster Academy|
On 5 July the completed mural was unveiled by MCC President Mike Gatting during the MCC v Rest of the World match during the interval. This will be permanently displayed on the back of the Compton Stand for thousands of visitors to see.
Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive and Secretary, said: "Everyone at the club had a fantastic day on 5th July and the unveiling of the Howzart! mural was the icing on the cake of the Lord’s bicentenary celebrations.
"MCC is working very hard to continue developing its links with the local community through initiatives like Howzart!, and the amount of interest we had from local youngsters was very encouraging.
"It’s now a permanent fixture on the Compton Stand so supporters young and old will be able to enjoy it for years to come."
MCC is grateful to Great Art for providing the materials for the project. To find out more about Great Art, visit: http://www.greatart.co.uk/
To find out more about Darren Baker, visit: http://www.darrenbakerfineart.co.uk/