NEWS September 9th 2013: WTC Steel Artwork to have permanent home in Olympic Park:

Public artwork by NY artist Miya Ando was created in 2011 for the 10th anniversary of 9/11 from World Trade Centre steel recovered from Ground Zero to commemorate the terrorist attacks on America of 11th September 2001.

The work honoured the 2977 innocent victims including 67 Britons, to look to a better future where people can live together in harmony, tolerance and peace.

It was given by New York to London - the only capital city to be so honoured - on the condition that it was given a permanent and prominent site. Sadly, this was not achieved until today when Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced that he will site the artwork permanently at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. It is an ideal location, for the park, created for the 2012 London Olympic Games is itself a symbol of tolerance and hope.

The 9/11 artwork will also serve as a beacon for the 9/11 Education Programme which we hope will inspire young people, many of whom were not born by 9/11, to ensure that a similar atrocity can never happen again.

New competition

9/11 National Schools Competition 2013

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Essay and film competition for 14-16 year olds
The PRIZE - an AMAZING four-day trip to New York

The 9/11 London Project is delighted to announce the winners and runners up of the 9/11 National Schools Competition 2013 are as follows:
How Did 9/11 Change the World? Winner Essay – Jaspreet Kooner, 16, Northfleet School for Girls (Gravesend) Runner up Essay - Toby Bartram, 15, Dartford Grammar School (London) Winner Video - Tasneem Ahmed, 14, Harris Academy Purley (London) Runner up Video – Phoebe Green, 15, Arnold KEQMS (Blackpool)
Why and How Would You Keep the Memory of 9/11 Alive in the UK? Winner Essay – William Gore, 15, Eton College (Berkshire) Runner up Essay – Stephanie Leung, 14, Wycombe Abbey School (Buckinghamshire) Winner Video - Alice Spall, 14, Upton by Chester High School (Cheshire) Runner up Video – Owen Loughnane, 14, Trinity Catholic High School (Essex)
The judges chose the winners whose entries displayed the most originality, clarity, knowledge and inspiration. Many thanks to all those who entered and to the teachers and parents who supported them. 9/11 London Project

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural 9/11 National Schools Competition, the 9/11 London Project is once again offering students the chance to win a trip to New York this September 8-12th which will include a visit to the 9/11 Memorial. A winner and runner up will be selected for both questions in each category. All 8 students will win a trip to New York for the 12th anniversary. In addition each of the four category winners will receive a £500 cash prize.

To see what happened when the six prize winners visited New York last September, take a look at the video below and have a look at our 2012 winners’ page.

All you have to do is tell us either ‘HOW DID 9/11 CHANGE THE WORLD?’ or ‘WHY AND HOW WOULD YOU KEEP THE MEMORY OF 9/11 ALIVE IN THE UK?’ We want you to use your imagination by sending us an original, creative and thoughtful piece of work.

You can send us either:

  • a short film (3 - 5 minutes, under 75mb)
  • a 1200 word (approx) essay

The winner will be chosen by our expert judging panel which includes Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre and Oscar winning actor Kevin Spacey CBE, historian and broadcaster Simon Schama CBE, BBC World Affairs Editor John Simpson CBE and Director, the Institute of Education, London University, Professor Chris Husbands. See full list below.

The competition is open to all UK students between the ages of 14 and 16 from now until 31st May 2013.

There are no restrictions on the number of entries per school.

Please read the terms and conditions to find out more about the competition.

Good luck!

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged against the following criteria. Each criterion is equally weighted.

The criteria are: Criteria Descriptors
Criterion 1 Originality and inventiveness A distinctive piece of work which offers an original take
A work which offers a distinctive approach to the topic
Evidence of inventive use of the chosen form
Criterion 2 Clarity and communication A piece of work which communicates with clarity
A piece of work which uses ideas efficiently and effectively
Criterion 3 Knowledge and understanding Demonstrates a clear knowledge of the events and process presented
Evidence of high level of understanding
Criterion 4 Aspiration and Inspiration An inspirational ‘wow’ factor
An aspiration to broaden others’ understanding and vision

Register to keep in touch with the 9/11 National Schools Competition

Judging panel

  • Professor Chris Husbands (CHAIR) - Director, Institute of Education, University of London
  • Charles Saumarez Smith CBE - Secretary and Chief Executive Royal Academy of Arts
  • Cliff Chanin - Director of Education and Public Programmes, The National September 11 Memorial and Museum
  • Dame Sally Coates DBE - Principal, Burlington Danes Academy
  • Dr Yvonne Burne OBE - 9/11 London Project Trustee and Ex Headteacher of City of London School for Girls
  • Peter Rosengard - 9/11 London Project, Founder and Chairman
  • Mark Napier - Independent Consultant in Finance and Development. UK 9/11 Family Member
  • Simon Schama CBE - Professor of Art History and History, Columbia University NYC, Broadcaster, Author
  • Patrick Earnshaw - Head Teacher, Carr Hill School, Kirkham, Lancashire
  • Lee A Ielpi - President, September 11th Families' Association: Tribute WTC Visitor Center
  • Kevin Spacey - Artistic Director of the Old Vic Theatre, Oscar winning actor
  • John Simpson CBE - BBC World Affairs Editor


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