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SGS Art Competition celebrates young artists’ creativity


Now in its seventh year, the Stockport Grammar School Year 5 Art Competition, sponsored by Brewin Dolphin, celebrated the artwork of 220 local young artists from 59 primary schools in a virtual arena this year.

The competition’s theme of ‘Portrait’ inspired a wealth of entries from self-portraits and pet portraits to famous faces in a vast variety of sizes and mediums.

Mr Richard Davies, Head of Art and Design at SGS, commented: “We were unsure how many entries we would receive this year with the competition being run online and the constraints experienced by so many schools during the lockdown periods. However, we are delighted by the record number of entries – the children have certainly risen to the challenge and produced the most fantastic artwork.”

“Our team were astounded by the creativity shown and also by the range of mediums used, some of which we haven’t seen before in the competition – including computer aided design, felt work and photography. It has been a difficult task choosing winners because of the high quality of the entries.”

All of the artists’ work is available to view in our online gallery. In his virtual prize presentation, Mr Davies thanked all of the artists for creating such imaginative pieces and their teachers, parents and carers for taking the time to send us the entries.

Emil Semaniszyn of Oldfield Brow Primary School won the competition with a piece inspired by the work of Roy Lichtenstein. The judges were impressed by the tonal range in the skin and hair, which gave the piece a 3D quality.

Runner-up Charisse Ng of Bowdon Preparatory School captured the judges attention with the characterisation of her piece, along with the clever use of tone. Fellow runner-up Lily Grace Barratt of Lower Park Primary School brought a smile to the judges’ faces as they were impressed by how the different components of her photo-montage were seamlessly put together.

Pieces which were Highly Commended were:

  • Annie Brooks – Mellor Primary School
  • Dalia Kabbani – Lady Barn House School
  • Imogen Roach – Oldfield Brow Primary School
  • Sophia Terry – St Anne’s CE Primary School
  • Wing Sum Cheng – Handforth Grange Primary School
  • Olivia Giza – Stamford Park Primary School
  • Marina Ambrosio – St Winifred’s RC Primary School
  • Joshua Stuckey – Gorsey Bank Primary School

All artists are congratulated on producing such amazing artwork – the pieces showed the talent, imagination and time the artists had put in. We hope that the artists enjoyed creating their artwork as much as we enjoyed viewing it.