A coloured drawing of the London city-scape

Young Londoners’ creativity celebrated in Fourth Plinth Schools Awards

Posted on 11 May 2016

More entries than ever from the capital’s schoolchildren for the famous contemporary art competition.

In a record-breaking year for the Fourth Plinth Schools Awards, over 2,700 entries were received from 5,000 pupils and over 200 schools involving every London borough.

The Fourth Plinth Schools Award is a fantastic opportunity for children from across London to showcase their creativity

The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards children in London aged between 5-15 to create an artwork inspired by living in London, and by the works exhibited on Trafalgar Square’s famous Fourth Plinth.

Supported through Grants for the Arts, the annual competition is open to all primary and secondary schools in the capital. Entries are as varied as they are imaginative, with works in paint, clay, metal and more showcasing young Londoners’ creativity and imagination. Students can enter work as individuals or groups, working together on a joint creation.

Joyce Wilson, Area Director, London, Arts Council England, said: 'The Fourth Plinth Schools Award is a fantastic opportunity for children from across London to showcase their creativity around one of the capital's iconic displays of public art. Arts and culture are a wonderful source of inspiration for us all and we are delighted to be supporting a programme that increases its reach within schools across London.'

The Fourth Plinth Schools Awards exhibition is free to visit and runs until Thursday 7 July 2016 at City Hall. It includes the top prize winners in three age categories, as well as the best entry from each London borough and the Commendation Prizes. 

Colourful paper birds adorn a tree

The winners:

5-7 Years winner: Tiana John, 6 years old, from St Joseph's Catholic Infants School, Southwark for her fantastical, highly sculptural Creature

8-11 Years winner: Jacob Martin, 11 years old, from Finton House School, Wandsworth for the innovative metal sculpture Cutting Edge

12-15 Years winner: Beeban Jikiemi-Pearson, 13 years old, from Wallington High School for Girls, Sutton for her drawing Tech Baby; the imaginative idea behind this work – a baby made out of mobile phones from all over the world – is to depict the interconnectedness of everyone on this planet through mobile phones.

Funded by the Mayor of London and supported by Arts Council England, the Fourth Plinth Programme invites world class artists to make astonishing new works for the centre of the capital city. Over the past 15 years, the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square has hosted artworks from some of the world's leading artists, including Mark Wallinger, Rachel Whiteread, Antony Gormley, Katharina Fritsch and Hans Haacke, who made the current commission 'Gift Horse'. 

The next commission to appear on the Fourth Plinth will be 'Really Good' by David Shrigley which will be unveiled in Autumn 2016.  

Here are just a few of the wonderful works: