The winning entry from Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council’s Black History Month art competition has been unveiled at the Howard Centre in Welwyn Garden City.

The competition, based on the 2021 BHM theme of ‘Proud To Be…’, invited submissions from local primary schools and included drawings, paintings, collages, and mixed media pieces. Submissions were exhibited in shop windows throughout the Howard Centre during October, Black History Month.

The winning artwork was a collaborative effort by a group of young pupils from Springmead Primary School, WGC: Devon – 6, Annabelle – 5, Jessica – 5, Sophie – 7 and Harry – 5.  They attended the unveiling of their design alongside their teacher, Miss Faires and were joined by Leader of Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, Cllr Tony Kingsbury, Chief Executive Ka Ng, councillors, plus council and Howard Centre staff.

The winners were able to see their design on posters which are now up in the Howard Centre.

Councillor Tony Kingsbury, Leader of the Council, said; “We were very proud to support Black History Month and celebrate the lives, achievements and historical contributions of black people locally and throughout the world. This competition is a way of helping the next generation to do the same through some fantastic expressive art! I’m very impressed by this winning entry and I think it looks really eye-catching on the posters.”

Carley Beck, Centre Manager at The Howard Centre, said; “The standard of the entries was very high and our winners are incredibly deserving of their vouchers! It’s lovely to be able to showcase our young community talent and a really important part of our culture by displaying it throughout the Howard Centre this way”.