10th Living Edge schools' art show - The Winners

PUBLISHED: 17:42 25 March 2010 | UPDATED: 16:58 20 February 2013

The Judges; Ian Caldwell, Denise Caldwell, Mike Smith, Geoffrey Key, Susan Walker and Trevor Walker

The Judges; Ian Caldwell, Denise Caldwell, Mike Smith, Geoffrey Key, Susan Walker and Trevor Walker

Prizes are handed out at the 10th Living Edge schools' art show

The 10th Living Edge schools art show attracted a record turnout for the prize-giving at the Hexagon Suite of the Lowry arts centre and the quality of work submitted to this year's exhibition by talented young artists from schools across the North West was second to none.

As always, the show was sponsored by leading house builder Jones Homes and by Manchester's premier arts supplier Fred Aldous, who generously donated prizes, not only to the winners but to all the students whose work had been carefully chosen by their schools for display in the prestigious gallery. The difficult task of selecting winners from so many excellent entries went to a judging panel comprising journalist Mike Smith, Denise and Ian Caldwell of Jones Homes, Susan and Trevor Walker of Fred Aldous, and painter Geoffrey Key, who has earned a reputation as one of the north west's top artists.

After much deliberation, the judges gave a Highly Commended award in the Under-14 category to Elliot Beal of Manchester Grammar School for a painting of joinery tools that cleverly gives an illusion of three-dimensional reality. The overall winner in this category went to Alex Brierley of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, whose stunning painting of a high- jumper clearing the bar would make a great poster for the London Olympics.

Highly Commended certificates in the under-16 section went to Daniella Sciama of Manchester High School for Girls for her strikingly colourful and richly painted work and to Laura Illidge of Cheadle Hulme School for a fine portrait painting that was embellished by inserts of jewels. The winner in this category was Rose Tam of Casterton School for a superbly crafted sculpture of a head that almost seemed to come alive.

In the under-18 category, Highly Commended certificates went to Will Allen of Manchester Grammar School for an uncannily life-like portrait and to Jennifer Quinn of Cheadle Hulme School for a beautifully painted work that juxtaposed pet cats and their cousins, the big cats of the jungle. The overall winner in the under-18 section was Sophie Watson of Stockport Grammar School for a colourful and expertly painted marine scene that would be a wonderful addition to the dcor of any seaside home.

The judges finished their presentation by congratulating all the young artists and the schools involved in an annual show that just gets better and better.

1. Sophie Watson was the Winner of the Under 18 category from Stockport Grammar School

2. Alex Brierley who was the Winner of the Under 14 Category. He is from Altrincham Grammar School For Boys. His mum, Liz Brierley collected the prize

3. Jennifer Quinn was Highly Commended in the Under 18 Category. She is from Cheadle Hulme School

4. Elliot Beal was Highly Commended in the Under 14 Category. He is from Manchester Grammar School

5. Laura Illidge was Highly Commended in the Under 16 Category. She is from Cheadle Hulme School.

6. Rose Tam was the Winner of the Under 16 Category, Casterton School

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