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Posted on 26th November 2020 | News

The Head Boy of St. Mary’s Grammar School, Magherafelt has been named as one of the winners of the national Spirited Arts 2020 competition. Adam Rocks entered the competition which is held annually by the National Association of Teachers of Religious Education (NATRE) and challenges students to think about Religious Education through Art.

In its 17th year, this competition has attracted over 320,000 participants averaging 20,000 competitors per year since 2004. Hundreds of UK schools get involved, with entries submitted from as far afield as Cyprus and Australia, Indonesia and South Africa.

Adam’s artwork was based on the theme ‘Art in Heaven’ and he called his piece ‘The Age of the Ocean’.

Adam commented: “With these two pieces of art, I wanted to depict the global environment neglect by humans.  Over the last century, people have disrespected God’s good earth by not appreciating the beauty and need for our shared home.  As Pope Francis noted, “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.”  I created a metaphor within these two pieces.  I left the waves in colour to shed light on our environment that has been disregarded and taken for granted.  Therefore, the people in the background are in black and white to exhibit the destruction and ignorance in relation to our climate and environmental problems affecting our planet.  The waves are slowly faded away by the human overtaking showing how humans collectively are slowly tearing away nature.  My intent with these art pieces was to create awareness and show people that our actions can be changed and we can return our planet to full health if we all work collectively. In addition, if we, as a human race take responsibility, we could take care of God’s good Earth.”

Adam’s entry can be viewed here: