LivingEdge School Arts Competition 2011

PUBLISHED: 18:22 01 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:07 20 February 2013

Judges with Winners and Highly Commended

Judges with Winners and Highly Commended

The wealth of artistic talent shown in the Living Edge 11th Schools Art Competition is something to celebrate

Under 18's category

Under 16's category

The term wow factor might be overused these days, but not where the Living Edge Schools Art Show is concerned. The 43 works of art selected by schools throughout the North West for this years show wowed the seven judges who had the almost impossible task of selecting winners from a dazzling display of artistic talent.

Chaired by journalist Mike Smith, the judging panel comprised celebrated artist Geoffrey Key, Martin Heaps from Collect Art in Lymm, Anna Halliwell and Hilary Dean from leading house builders Jones Homes, who sponsored the show, and Trevor and Susan Walker of Fred Aldous, Manchesters top supplier of art and crafts materials, who generously provided prizes for all the young artists chosen for inclusion in the exhibition, held in the Hexagon Room of the prestigious Lowry Arts Centre.

Highly commended certificates in the under-14 category went to Hakeem Dahou of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, whose dynamic painting of an athlete was worthy of being used as an Olympic poster , and Emma Austen of Casterton School, who had submitted a portrait that Geoffrey Key likened to a work by Gustave Klimt. First prize in this section went to Hamza Rafique of Manchester Grammar School for a picture of a group of bottles which was painted with such realism that it looked as if the liquid in the bottles could be poured by tipping the painting.

The judges were so impressed by the under-16 entries that they decided to award three highly commended certificates. These went to Andrew Clucas of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys for a coastal scene where one could almost hear the silence of the late evening, Yini Zhang of Withington High School for a cleverly composed portrait of a girl wearing a West Indian headdress that exploded like a firework over the painting, and Miriam Willot of Hillcrest Grammar School for a painting of the Union Jack, which was far more interesting than Jasper Johns famous paintings of the American flag because it was inscribed with representations of Britains most iconic buildings.

Drew Salisbury gave Manchester Grammar School a second winner by taking first prize in this category with a painting that showed Manchester Town Hall standing like a great cathedral against a threatening sky.

Highly commended certificates in the under-18 category went to Ellie Broster of Stockport Grammar School for a highly realistic portrait of two girls, interestingly posed almost back-to-back, and Jess Slinger of Knutsford High School for a portrait of a girl whose eyes seem to follow the viewer.

The winner in this section was Andy Walton of The Kings School, Chester, for his superb painting of a group of jars. As well as capturing the convex shape of the jars and the concave grooves in their necks, Andy has created an entirely convincing depiction of glass seen through glass and glass reflected in glass.

The overall reaction of the judges to this years exhibition can be summed up in one word: Wow!

Under 14's category

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