A STUDENT who took her inspiration from one of the region’s religious retreats beat more than 1,000 others to scoop a top prize.
Ellie Stannard, a pupil at St Bede’s in Peterlee, entered the Illuminated Manuscript challenge held as part of the European Dad of Languages.
The 12-year-old visited Ushaw College, on the outskirts of Durham, as part of a Year 8 arts programme and toured its chapel and grounds of the college as they learned about its history.
The group then went on to Durham Cathedral, where the group viewed the Lindisfarne Gospels as they were on show, which helped spur on her designs, which she created as part of her homework.
She also used an excerpt from an Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven, which was translated into Spanish and added after she had finished her artwork.
The entries to the competition, organised by Network for Languages, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University, was judged by one of its leaders, with Ellie’s hailed the best effort from the key stage three category.
She was presented with her £50 voucher prize during a special assembly for her year group at school.
Her work has been hailed by headteacher Paul McKenna, head of visual arts Scott Pearson and Rene Koglbauer of the university.