Liverpool-based dot-art Schools is giving schools an early Christmas present by extending the deadline to register for their annual art competition for schools across the Liverpool city region to 14th January.

This year is dot-art Schools’ 10th anniversary of showcasing and celebrating children and young people’s creativity. Established back in 2012, dot-art Schools’ impact has grown each year, with 602 schools participating to date, and over 9000 young artists having entered their artwork.

dot-art, working in partnership with Edge Hill University, is marking the anniversary by looking to the future and the importance of sustainability by inviting children to create art themed around protecting the environment, to highlight the importance of looking after our planet.

The competition itself is an inter-school, interactive, online art competition for Year 5 and Year 9. Taking part encourages children to explore their artistic side, increasing their self-esteem by celebrating their art, as well as giving pupils a chance to express thoughts and feelings through creativity.

Carolyn Murray, dot-art Schools Project Manager said: “It’s just incredible to be celebrating our 10th birthday and we really want to share our joy with all the schools and children in the city region. To do that we’re extending our deadline to the 14 January so everyone has a chance to sign up and make it our biggest and best year yet.

“We are so pleased to be working with Edge Hill to amplify this year’s climate change theme, alongside continuing to champion creativity and nurture artistic talent. To support this, we will be offering artist-led environment focussed workshops, exciting eco prizes and activities, as well as practical tips to help us all make positive changes.”

Dr Helen O’Keeffe, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education said “We’re really excited to be supporting dot-art again this year and celebrating this milestone birthday with them.

“We also can’t wait to join them in starting discussions about climate change in schools. It combines our passion for keeping arts in the curriculum while promoting our shared belief in educating children about climate change and the environment. We are all looking forward to seeing more schools than ever sign up to the competition this year.”

The initiative culminates in an exciting, and much anticipated public exhibition of the chosen artworks at a city-centre location in Liverpool in summer 2022. Alongside the exhibition winning schools will receive a climate change themed prize for all their pupils to enjoy.

Edge Hill University runs a number of courses in education and teacher training. Visit the website www.edgehill.ac.uk/education for more information on all the education courses available.

To find out more about dot-art Schools, visit schools.dot-art.com, or for further information please contact Carolyn Murray on 0345 017 6660 or [email protected].