Bridgewater student praised for inspirational community artwork

10th October 2018

Local student receives award for her ‘Manchester Bee’ mural in Monton Village, commemorating the Manchester Arena bombing ~

Salford resident, Amba, Year 11 student at Bridgewater School in Worsley, received ‘The Senior Trophy for Outstanding Contribution to Art’ at the School’s annual prize-giving ceremony last month, for her ‘Bee’ mural, painted in the local village of Monton. Special guest, Freya Lewis, inspirational fundraiser and survivor of the Manchester Arena bombing, presented the award.

A total 150 students were recognised by Headmistress, Judy Nairn, Freya Lewis and other special guests including The Ceremonial Mayor of the City of Salford, Councillor Ronnie Wilson, at the ceremony, which was themed “The Positivity of Youth” at The Victoria Hall in Bolton.

Amba said of her artwork: “I was inspired to do my Bee because of the tragic attack that happened in Manchester on 22nd May. When the news came through of the attack, I was with my family at the 9/11 Memorial Centre in New York and our first thoughts were of coming home to support our city.

“Seeing the support for Manchester from around the world, really inspired me to do something to bring everyone together in my own town, and from the inspiration of all the amazing artworks around Manchester, I decided to paint my own Bee for the village.

“I am so proud to think that every time someone sees my Bee, it gives them a second to think about the victims and to commemorate them as they go on with their day.”

Mrs Nairn, Headmistress at Bridgewater School, praised Amba for her creativity and community spirit, saying: “At Bridgewater we truly believe in our overarching vision and aim of what we want our school to be in the future and part of that is developing pupils’ moral, social and cultural understanding, learning sensitivity to each other’s needs and the needs of the world outside school. Amba is a wonderful example of this. ”

Since painting her mural, Amba has met with Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham and former Manchester United player, Nicky Butt and told them her story. Her hope is that her work has inspired, and will continue to inspire people to get involved in their community.

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