Young artist Jordan’s got an eye for money

St Aidan's Technology College GCSE art student Jordan Kennedy and his art teacher Miss Bernadette Brannigan
St Aidan's Technology College GCSE art student Jordan Kennedy and his art teacher Miss Bernadette Brannigan

A MONEY smart art student has been named as a finalist in a national competition.

St Aidan’s pupil Jordan Kennedy, 15, will travel to London next month to exhibit his prizewinning artwork at the capital’s Science Museum, after winning the regional stage of the My Money, My Future contest.

Entrants were asked to create a piece of artwork (2D or 3D) which expressed a response to the question: “2040 vision: What will money look like in the future?”

Jordan’s masterpiece was inspired by his school’s cashless lunch system.

He said: “At school we have a system that reads your thumbprint to pay for food in the refectory and I took my inspiration from that.

“I thought that in the future we wouldn’t need notes or coins, just credit. I’m really pleased to be chosen as a winner.

“I have been drawing since I was little.This is a huge achievement for me and I’m really happy to be representing my school in this way. It’s fantastic.”

Year 11 pupil Jordan, who is in the process of completing his GCSE art course was encouraged to enter the competition by art teacher Miss Bernadette Brannigan, who will accompany him to the final on October 8.

As a regional winner he has already received a digital camera, a goody bag of art materials and £30 gift vouchers, and his school receives £500 cash.

The overall winner will take home another £500 for their school, a Nintendo 3DS or an iPad2.

The competition was open to all pupils from aged between five and 19.

Miss Brannigan added: “I am extremely delighted that a student from St Aidan’s has been chosen as a regional winner.

“St Aidan’s students embrace art competitions and as always the standards are very high. Jordan’s entry showed innovation, creativity and imagination.”