Walsall artist honours work of NHS

By Harriet Evans | Walsall | Walsall entertainment | Published:

A student has created a beautiful piece of art during lockdown to honour the NHS.

Hollie Joiner's painting

The piece was created by Hollie Joiner, a year 10 student at Brownhills Ormiston Academy in Walsall.

It shows a nurse in boxing gloves, paying tribute to the work that continues to take place within the NHS to care for the public.

Hollie said: "The picture I drew represents how much the NHS has had to go through whilst trying to fight and contain coronavirus.

"The doctors and nurses have had to work on the front lines trying to protect and save all of the patients that have Covid-19.

"They also have to try and protect themselves and their families just as much in case they either catch the virus or become carriers of it.

"That's why the nurse has boxing gloves it's due to them fighting a really hard battle and they all need to remain strong to win and overcome it."

Helen Keenan, Principal at Brownhills Ormiston Academy, added: “This is a beautiful piece of work and very symbolic of the huge sacrifices that have been paid by so many across the country over the past few months.

"We encourage our students to understand what is going on around them and recognise their role in the wider community. I’m proud that this piece of artwork does just that.”

Brownhills Ormiston Academy, which joined Ormiston Academies Trust in April, encouraged students to keep up their creative sides during the lockdown as a way to express themselves.

Alongside schools from across the Trust, students at Brownhills will now have a chance to participate in a Summer Arts Project to keep that momentum going.

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at

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