LivingEdge School Arts Competition 2018

PUBLISHED: 13:51 23 March 2018

Eliza Djastro, Winner of the Aged 18 and Under category

Eliza Djastro, Winner of the Aged 18 and Under category

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The 18th Living Edge Schools Art Competition saw an extraordinary and varied array of entries, the sheer talent of every entrant making the judges’ task quite a challenge.

Panel of judges; Linda Chase, Geoffrey Key, Claire Cooper, Kate Houghton, Martin Heaps, Anna Halliwell and Hilary DeanPanel of judges; Linda Chase, Geoffrey Key, Claire Cooper, Kate Houghton, Martin Heaps, Anna Halliwell and Hilary Dean

The annual Schools Art Competition attracts entries from talented young artists from across the region and this year, as in previous years, the job of judging who should be named winner in each section was incredibly tough.

In 2018 the sheer variety of submissions, from ceramic to mixed media to pencil drawings to paint made the judges’ task even more challenging, leading us to marvel at the breadth and depth of skill already present in the contestants at such a young age.

The judges – Geoffrey Key, one of the UK’s most collected living artists; Hilary Dean and Anna Halliwell from sponsors Jones Homes; our Chair, Martin Heaps, owner of Collect Art in Lymm; Claire Cooper and Linda Chase from Living Edge; and I - prowled amongst the entries, debating the merits of each and exclaiming at the quality of the selection. We missed the considered input of Trevor and Susan Walker, from art suppliers Fred Aldous and kind suppliers of prizes for the winners and each entrant, who were snowed in and sadly couldn’t make the event.

In the 14 and Under category we were hugely impressed by the piece presented by our winner, Finlay Makin from The Manchester Grammar School, whose entry was considered extremely mature. The judges were also impressed by Max Cooper, from Cheadle Hulme Scool, Charlotte Hogg of Cransley School and Ava Fargher from The King’s School Chester, whose pen and ink drawing was universally praised. In the 16 and Under category we were blown away by our winner Catrin Parry, from Withington School for Girls. Her portrait was deemed to be truly superb and we can’t wait to see how this young artist develops. Highly Commended in this category were Rebecca Acton of Cransley School, whose painting of an eagle delighted the judges, Ailsa Black from The King’s School Chester and Gigi Seetoo of Sedbergh School.

Finally, the Under 18 category was the perfect summary of where we can expect our younger entrants to go; assured, sophisticated work encompassing a variety of media that challenged and absorbed in equal measure.

The winner, Eliza Djastro from St. Bedes College, gave us a very assured portrait of a young girl, with dazzling use of light and shade, while our three Highly Commended entrants, Rowdah Charbak from Alderley Edge School for Girls; Olivia Faux, The King’s School Chester; and Lucia Ward from Withington School for Girls demonstrated considerable talent.

It may be that some of these talented young people pursue a future in art and for others that it may remain no more than a hobby; whichever path they choose, we both envy their skill and wish them luck for their future.

Our winners

14 & Under

Winner: Finlay Makin, The Manchester Grammar School

Highly Commended: Max Cooper, Cheadle Hulme School; Charlotte Hogg; Cransley College; Ava Fargher, The King’s School Chester

16 & Under

Winner: Catrin Parry, Withington School for Girls

Highly Commended: Rebecca Acton, Cransley School; Ailsa Black, The King’s School Chester; Gigi Seetoo, Sedbergh School

18 & Under

Winner: Eliza Djastro, St. Bedes College

Highly Commended: Rowdah Charbak, Alderley Edge School for Girls; Olivia Faux, The King’s School Chester; Lucia Ward, Withington School for Girls

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