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Manchester High School for Girls


An aspiring artist from Manchester High School for Girls, 18-year-old Atia Raja, has won the senior category (18 and under) in the highly-contested LivingEdge Schools Art competition 2017.

Atia's painting studies people and their environment.

The annual creative contest which sees entries from young artists around Cheshire and Greater Manchester, was judged by one of the North West’s leading artist, Geoffrey Key, and representatives from local art businesses.

Sixth former Atia is studying Art, History and Maths at Manchester High. She was surprised to win her prize and said: “I really wasn’t expecting to win, so I am thrilled! The piece I submitted was part of my A-level Art coursework which studied people and their environment, and the intention was to depict depth in a painting.

“I have been painting ever since I was little, and I am going to take my love for art to university where I will combine my other passion, Maths, in a course in Architecture. I have already received offers from Nottingham, Cardiff and Kent universities, and hope to achieve three As to get on my course.”

All the students’ artworks are currently on display at the Lowry Arts Centre at Salford Quays and the winners will be featured in the April issue of LivingEdge magazine.