Integrated Arts with the Carson Awards

Integrated education pupils shine at the Carson Awards.

December 16, 2021


Pupils from across Northern Ireland won prizes for their creative endeavours in this year’s Carson Awards, an annual showcase set up by the late comedian and entertainer Frank Carson and his son Tony, to support and salute creativity in integrated schools.

The ceremony, held in Lagan College, Belfast also saw the awarding of several Carson Prizes by Tony Carson, an entrepreneur and champion of integrated education.

The Carson Awards were started by Frank and Tony Carson in 2008 and are delivered through the Integrated Education Fund (IEF). There are two categories, the Carson Bursaries which fund arts related projects by post-primary pupils, and the Carson Prize, which is open to all pupils at integrated schools. Young artists submit work in a variety of mediums under the theme, ‘what integrated education means to me’.

Tony Carson said: “It’s great to be here in person, especially after last year’s event was postponed due to the restrictions surrounding the pandemic. The entries keep growing in quality every year, and are a tribute to the creativity shining through some of the challenges schools and pupils have had to overcome over the past 18 months.

Creativity and the arts are even more important now than they ever were, and it’s vital to nurture and recognise the next generation of artists – you’ll never know when they’ll be on a stage, in a gallery or on a screen near you!”

Joining Tony Carson at the Showcase was actor and comedian Dan Gordon, who starred in the one man show Frank Carson – Rebel without a Pause, and Baroness May Blood, Campaign Chair of the Integrated Education Fund.

Entry is now open for the 2021/22 Carson awards; please contact for further details and applications.