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16 March 2020

Work by one Westminster City School pupil will be displayed at a London Tube station, alongside that of acclaimed British-Ghanaian artist, Larry Achiampong.

Our Year 10 artists recently took part in an exciting workshop, exploring Achiampong’s re-imagination of the London Underground roundel. For Art on the Underground, the celebrated artist has re-designed the classic Tube symbol to include African diaspora identities, creating eight iterations for Westminster Underground station.

Following their workshop, our pupils created their own posters, based on Achiampong's ideas. Each design was submitted for the Art on the Underground competition, with pupils receiving helpful individual feedback on their entries.

Niaz’s design was praised by judges for it’s understanding of history, and for including the roundel, colour and reference to train lines, whilst complementing Achiampong’s work. Despite stiff competition from his classmates, Niaz’s poster will be produced and placed in Westminster Underground station, opposite Achiampong's own work.

After hearing this news in class, a rather shocked Niaz said: “It was great taking part in this workshop, as art is one of my favourite lessons. I’m amazed! I can’t believe my design was chosen!”

Well done to Niaz and all our Year 10 artists for such fantastic work. Niaz’s design should be up in Westminster Underground station from the end of April/start of May. Our Subject Leader Art, Ms Chance, is planning to take Niaz and his classmates to see his work in situ.

Below we have Niaz's winning poster, plus the top six designs, by our pupils, that were shortlisted by Art on the Underground.

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