Virtual Gallery opens its doors to celebrate Art in Schools

dot-art Schools successfully launched this year’s annual inter-school art exhibition in a brand new online virtual gallery on 7th July. Carolyn Murray, dot-art Schools Project Manager revealed:

“After the disappointment of postponing our 8th annual dot-art Schools exhibition due to the coronavirus, we are thrilled to host the dot-art Schools virtual exhibition so the creative work of children and young people from our participating schools can still be shared and celebrated online. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Arts Council England for making this possible, along with our sponsors Medicash and Arriva.”

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2020 exhibition showcases the winning work from each of 76 participating schools from across the Liverpool City Region and beyond. The overall winners of the 2020 dot-art Schools Competition were selected by a guest judge and announced at dot-art Schools first online prize-giving ceremony on Zoom, where the top three students from each of the participating schools were also celebrated.

The dot-art Schools 2020 overall primary winner is Kenzy Ball-Wright of Belle Vale Primary School for his lively flowing drawing “Diamond Scaled Fighting Fish”. Extra congratulations to the teachers at Belle Vale Primary as this the second year in a row that they have produced an overall winner! The two primary overall runners up are Tallulah Convey of Blackmoor Park Primary for her magical painting “The Unknown” and Georgie Foxall of Acton CE Primary School for the wonderfully textured work “Snowy Forest”.

In the secondary (Year 9) age group the overall winner is Elizabeth Lyons-Davies of The Catholic High School, Chester for her exciting aerial view composition “Maps 13”. The two secondary overall runners up were Nathan Bland of Peterhouse School for his evocative monochrome painting “Winter” and Renata Azizeva from Archbishop Blanch School for the harmonious composition “Peace-poster 21”.

Guest judge, Susan Coles commented:

“I really enjoyed looking through the work and was struck by the student’s creativity and patience. I love art…particularly as it gives a voice to young people. In this competition nobody is a loser, because if you have made art, then you have made something worthwhile.”

The winners were awarded a variety of prizes including vouchers from Tate Liverpool, art materials from Cass Art and books and online art classes from dot-art. In addition, as overall winner, Elizabeth receives a scholarship to dot-art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists.

You can view a recording of the prize giving on zoom, visit the virtual gallery exhibition and complete an online feedback survey afterwards here: http://schools.dot-art.com/exhibition/year2020

dot-art Schools also invited creative teachers to take part in “Teachers Corner”, a special online exhibition to acknowledge how much we value teachers and demonstrate to students that teachers are creative too! You can view the show featuring a diverse mix of works many of which were created during lockdown, by 40 teachers from across the country at http://schools.dot-art.com/exhibition/teacherscorner.

Primary Overall winner: Diamond scaled fighting fish by Kenzy Ball Wright, Belle Vale Primary 

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