An arty new addition to 800 year history at Runnymede

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Four talented art and design students from East Berkshire College in Windsor have had their work commissioned by the Environment Agency, after being named as winners of an exciting mural competition to celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta.

As part of the celebrations, local schools and colleges were asked to design two commemorative murals in a competition run by the Environment Agency. The winning designs were then painted by artist Helen Brady from Inspired Spaces on the walls of the lock keeper's house at Bell Weir Lock, Runnymede.

Aliah Anwar, Rebecca Young and Nur Yasmin Ifran Nurdin won the 'Magna Carta 1215' category with their beautiful mural depicting the sealing of the charter 800 years ago, while Cristina Bree created an eye-catching and inspiring design to win the 'What the Magna Carta Means Today' element of the competition.

The two vibrant murals were officially unveiled at a special ceremony recently and provide a fitting backdrop to the busy lock.

Andrew Graham, Waterway Manager for the Environment Agency said: "The original idea of the mural actually came from David Andrews, our resident lock keeper at Bell Weir Lock.

"It has been great to see the wall transform into a fantastic piece of artwork which reflects the magnitude of the Magna Carta and how it has affected law, popular culture and human rights over the last 800 years".

One of the winners, Aliah Anwar, who is studying a level three BTEC extended diploma in art and design at Windsor College, explained: "It was a really special moment when we saw our mural full size on the wall. We worked solidly on our design for three days, researching and coming up with ideas. I feel very proud knowing that our artwork will be seen by so many people every day for years to come."

Run by the Environment Agency, the mural competition was sponsored by the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel and Clarendon Serviced Apartments (Wraysbury Hall). As well as having their artwork adorn the lock house, the students were also offered a meal at the Runnymede-on-Thames Hotel courtesy of the hotel along with a framed photo of their work and a commemorative scroll.

Windsor College in St Leonards Road has an extensive art department that includes facilities for fine art, graphics, 3D design, printing, photography, media production, interior design and visual merchandising.

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