Jordan’s art work’s bang on the money

St Aidan's pupil Jordan Kennedy with art teacher Miss Bernadette Brannigan.
St Aidan's pupil Jordan Kennedy with art teacher Miss Bernadette Brannigan.

PREESALL teenager Jordan Kennedy is in the money after reaching the finals of a national art competition.

The My Money national school competition 2011 was open to all school pupils from 5–19 years.

Entrants were asked to create a piece of artwork (2D or 3D) which expresses a response to the question “2040 vision: What will money look like in the future?”

St Aidan’s CE Technology College pupil Jordan, who was chosen as the regional winner in the 15 – 19 age category for the North West, is now set to attend the Winners Exhibition at the Science Museum in London this Saturday.

He will be accompanied by his art teacher, Miss Bernadette Brannigan.

All the regional winners will receive a digital camera, a goody bag of art materials and £30 gift vouchers. Their school receives £500 cash.

The overall winner in each age category will be announced at the weekend ceremony and will also be presented with a Nintendo 3DS or an iPad2 and a further £500 for their school.

Jordan’s artwork was inspired by the cashless lunch system in school.

He said: “I tried to imagine what money would be like in the future.

“At school we have a system that reads your thumbprint to pay for food in the refectory and I took my inspiration from that.

“I thought that in the future we wouldn’t need notes or coins, just credit.

“I’m really pleased to be chosen as a winner in this competition..

“I have been drawing since I was little, so this is a huge achievement for me. It’s fantastic.’

Art teacher Miss Brannigan likes to encourage her students to take part in competitions and get recognition for their work.

She said: “I am extremely delighted that a student from St Aidan’s has been chosen as a regional winner. St Aidan’s students embrace art competitions and as always the standards are very high.

“Well done to Jordan, his entry showed innovation, creativity and imagination.”

Jordan is currently completing his Year 11 GCSE Art Course.

His art work will be part of the exhibition at the museum.