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Dot-Art celebrates young artists with awards ceremony at St George’s Hall and exhibition at Walker Art Gallery 

June 7, 2024

The creative talents of young artists from across Merseyside were celebrated at a special awards ceremony organised by dot-art.

The award ceremony, which took place in the opulent Concert Room at St George’s Hall, Liverpool, recognised the outstanding achievements of the winners in the dot-art Schools art competition, a programme supported by key partner, Edge Hill University. 

Dr Helen O’Keeffe, Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education at Edge Hill, said: “Through our amazing partnership with dot-art, we’ve been able to champion the importance of arts education, creativity and children’s mental well-being in schools across the region. These are all fundamental aspects of our curriculum at the University. I urge everyone to visit the exhibition and witness first-hand the young artists’ incredible talent and creativity.” 

The competition attracted a wide range of participants, encompassing year 5 and year 9 pupils, representing more than 90 schools across the Liverpool City Region and its surrounding areas. 

Following the awards ceremony, the winning artworks from these gifted young artists have been curated into an exhibition at Liverpool’s prestigious Walker Art Gallery.  

This showcase serves as a testament to the participants’ artistic prowess, creativity, and dedication, providing a platform for their work to be appreciated by a broader audience. 

The exhibition at Walker Art Gallery runs until 7 July 2024, and entry is free. 

The winners are: 

Primary 

  1. Overall Primary Winner is “I’m not afraid of the dark” by Darcey Haigh, Monksdown Primary School, Norris Green.  
  1. First runner-up is “Nellie” by Betsy C of Dovedale Primary School, Mossley Hill. 
  1. Second runner-up is “The Northern Forest” by S. McGinley of Co-op Academy Hillside, Birkenhead. 
Darcey Haigh
Darcey Haigh
Betsy Coburn
Betsy Coburn
S McGinley
S McGinley

Secondary 

  1. Overall Secondary Winner is “Roses are red, violets are blue” by Mia McKeever of Weatherhead High School, Wallasey. 
  1. First runner-up is “Azure Leaves” by Ciel Faulkner of St Julie’s Catholic High School, Woolton. 
  1. Second runner-up is “Calderstones Park” by Natalie Caldwell of Bellerive FCJ Catholic College, Sefton Park. 
Mia McKeever
Mia McKeever
Ciel Faulkner
Ciel Faulkner
Natalie Caldwell
Natalie Caldwell

The awards were shortlisted by an expert panel which included James Murphy, who won the inaugural dot-art Schools competition in 2013 and currently serves as the Director of Event Horizon video production.  

He was joined by celebrated sculptor Faith Bebbington; Alice Demba, Young People and Adults Lead at National Museums Liverpool; Louise Hesketh, Programmes Manager for Networks & Partnerships at Curious Minds; and Professor Matthew Pateman, who leads the Department of English and Creative Arts at Edge Hill University.

The shortlisted entries from all the schools then went to an online public vote. 

Carolyn Murray, dot-art Schools project manager, said: “Over the years, we’ve witnessed the incredible growth and impact of this competition, and the joy it brings to everyone involved – from the young artists themselves to their proud parents, guardians, and educators. The enthusiasm and dedication displayed by these talented individuals serve as a testament to the importance of nurturing creativity and self-expression from a young age. We are honoured to play a role in fostering their artistic journeys and providing a platform for their voices to be heard and celebrated.” 

Lucy Johnson, Head of Art Gallery Exhibitions at National Museums Liverpool, said:  

“We are thrilled to celebrate the incredible talent, creativity and dedication of these young artists at Walker Art Gallery. The diverse range of artworks on display showcases their boundless imagination and their ability to convey deep emotions through their artworks. 

“By providing a platform for these emerging artists to share their unique perspectives with the world, we hope to inspire them to continue pursuing their artistic passions and to believe in the power of their creative voice. Supporting and nurturing these young talents is not only an investment in their future but also in the future of the art world as a whole.” 

Established in 2012, dot-art Schools’ impact has grown each year, with over 700 schools participating to date, and almost 12,000 young artists having entered their artwork. 

To find out more about dot-art Schools and how your school can get involved, please contact Carolyn Murray on 0345 017 6660 or carolyn.murray@dot-art.com

To discover more about Edge Hill’s courses, visit ehu.ac.uk/study 

June 7, 2024

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