Winners of the Living Edge Schools Art Competition revealed
PUBLISHED: 06:23 08 April 2020
The 20th Living Edge Schools Art Competition saw an extraordinary and varied array of entries
We celebrated 20 years of the Living Edge Schools Art Competition in grand style this year, with 35 entries from 14 schools in the region - and this year, as in previous years, the job of judging who should be named winner in each section was incredibly tough, demanding serious debate.
In 2020 the sheer variety of submissions, from 3D 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; Chloe Gallacher from sponsors Jones Homes; Trevor and Susan Walker, owners of art suppliers Fred Aldous and kind suppliers of prizes for the winners and each entrant; our Chair, Martin Heaps, owner of Collect Art in Lymm; and I - prowled amongst the entries, debating the merits of each and marvelling at the quality of the selection.
In the 14 and Under category we were hugely impressed by the piece presented by our winner, Rachel Horton, of Withington Girls’ School, whose still life was considered extremely mature. The judges were also impressed by Max Cooper, from Cheadle Hulme School, and Isobel Flanagan of Sedbergh School, whose Geisha, painted on glass, had a delicacy that impressed all the judges.
In the 16 and Under category we were blown away by our winner Eve Goodall, from Altrincham Grammar School for Girls. Her still life of beetroot was beautifully done and the added device of three focal points extremely clever. Highly Commended in this category were Elden Ang of Manchester Grammar School and Emma Henry of King’s School Chester.
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 inspirations that challenged and absorbed in equal measure.
The winner, Hannah Franklin, of Stockport Grammar School, gave us her concept of The Fool, which was charming and disturbing in equal measure and showed considerable skill and attention to detail. Our Highly Commended entrants, Ollie Johnson from Manchester Grammar School and Rachel Fehily from Cheadle Hulme School, also demonstrated considerable talent.
It may be that some of these 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.
14 & Under
Winner: Rachel Horton, Withington Girls’ School
Max Cooper, Cheadle Hulme School Isobel Flanagan, Sedbergh School
16 & Under
Winner: Eve Goodall, Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
Elden Ang, Manchester Grammar School Emma Henry, The King’s School Chester
18 & Under
Winner: Hannah Franklin, Stockport Grammar School
Ollie Johnson, Manchester Grammar School
Rachel Fehily, Cheadle Hulme School