Students create happy art to help cancer charity

Creative students at Pool Academy have been making happy art to help raise money for a cancer charity.

Young Art Cornwall held a competition for children to create a piece of work on the theme What Makes Me Happy with entry fees going towards to Cancer Research UK.

Student spent time in class creating their pieces last term.

Natalie Ellis, Head of Art at Pool Academy, said she has seen the effects of cancer after a young family member was given the diagnoses. She now believes raising money for the charity is invaluable.

She said: “This is a cause close to my heart as my sister's nephew was sadly diagnosed with Leukemia two years ago at the age of six.

“After 12 months of care and chemotherapy at Bristol Children's Hospital I am happy to say he has made a full recovery.

“It is important to raise money for research for future care and I pleased we have the opportunity to do this at school.”

Mrs Ellis has given students two art lessons to produce a piece of work which will respond to the theme.

They will be asked to donate £1 to Cancer Research UK to enter artwork into the competition.

Young Art first began in 1988 at the Royal College of Art, London, and has been exhibiting there since.  It became Young Art Oxford in 2008 with exhibitions held at the Ashmolean Museum. 

In 2016 it raised over £86,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Young Art Cornwall wants to encourage creative talent. Organisers believe the competition is 'an exciting opportunity' for young artists to have their work judged by well-known artists, have their work exhibited and raise money for a great cause.

For more information about the competition visit

Christiana Richardson