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Art Competition showcases young artists’ creativity

Now in its sixth year, the Stockport Grammar School Year 5 Art Competition sponsored by Brewin Dolphin welcomed 132 artists from 18 local primary schools to an exhibition evening on Thursday 6th February to show their work to family and friends.

Continuing with the competitions’ theme of ‘self-portrait’, entrants astounded the judges with their creativity and the range of theme interpretation. Artwork varied in size, style and media, Stockport Grammar School’s Head of Art and Design, Mr Davies commented; “When judging the pieces I was impressed not just by the quality on display but also by the variety of artists that had been researched and, importantly, understood in the development of the work. I hope the artists enjoyed making it as much as I did looking at it.”

Mr Davies thanked all of the artists for creating such imaginative pieces and their teachers for taking the time to assist pupils in creation and entry. He commented: “I think it would be hard to find a more talented group of young artists than those who have taken part this year.”

Sofia Bregu of Alexandra Park Primary School won the competition with a piece inspired by the Pre-Raphaelites that used mixed media successfully in an ambitious piece that was both beautiful and eye-catching.

Runner up Dominique Wilkinson of Springfield Primary School created a portrait in the style of Francoise Neily where the expressive use of paint was particularly impressive. Runner up Sophie Titley from Torkington Primary School painted a beautiful portrait with fantastic attention to detail on the shading and tones.

All artists were congratulated on being chosen to represent their schools and the amazing artwork produced showed the talent, imagination and time the artists had put in. During the evening, they also enjoyed taking part in art activities led by SGS students and teachers. Artists went home with a ‘goody bag’ provided by sponsors Brewin Dolphin, including art equipment to help them continue to capture their creativity for others to enjoy.