Vauxhall supports local students in award quest


Award-winning students from Lea Manor and Putteridge high schools

Stunning art work decorating Vauxhall vehicle parts has secured a Bronze Arts Award for 15 students from Lea Manor and Putteridge high schools in Luton.

The Arts Award is endorsed by Trinity College in London in association with the Arts Council. Students are judged on presentations and a portfolio resulting from a mixture of activities.


Trained and supported by charity Luton Culture, the art project – named ‘The Art of Storytelling’ – took place over the obligatory minimum of 40 hours. Activities included Bollywood dancing and African drumming as well as getting creative with Vauxhall vehicle parts under the guidance of Vardo artist Rory Coxhill, master of Romany wagon decorative design.


Cherie Denton, Community Relations Officer at Vauxhall Motors, said, “I was very impressed with the student’s achievements. This was a challenging award to go for and the students showed a lot of enthusiasm. The Vardo-inspired designs on the Vauxhall’s van parts expressed real talent.”


Following successful presentations to the Luton Culture judging panel, the final award ceremony took place at the beginning of May 2012 at Stockwood Discovery Centre.


Caroline Frith, Formal Learning Manager for Luton Culture said, “The team at Luton Culture are hugely impressed by the work put in by our first intake of 15 students achieving the Bronze Arts Award. It was a fantastic project from start to finish which has brought together colleagues from all over the [charitable] trust. The diversity of activities was made extra special for the students by [Vauxhall’s] donation of van parts. The[se] are now taking pride of place in their schools having been decorated with traditional Vardo art patterns and glitter.”