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Judges impressed with artistic talent in the Walker Morris Calendar Competition

Walker Morris has been encouraging Yorkshire’s young budding artists to showcase their talents in its award-winning annual Children’s Charity Calendar Competition.

The judging for the Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Competition, now in its 23rd year, has taken place and the winner and runners-up are due to be announced in September.

The judging panel comprised renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson, Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing and David Smedley, Chairman of the Partners at law firm Walker Morris.

From the artwork submitted, the judges selected 13 winners, including the coveted front page winner and 27 runners-up. The winners will receive a hamper of art materials and a £250 cheque for their school and the runners-up will also receive an art prize. The children will be presented with their prizes at a special award ceremony at Walker Morris’ offices in November.

Earlier this year, Walker Morris was awarded the prestigious ‘Contributing to the Community Award’ at the Business Masters Awards, recognising its long-standing investment in art in primary schools and recognition of its 23 year commitment to encouraging and supporting creativity and art in schools throughout our region.

Ashley Jackson, commented:

“It is always a great pleasure to be a judge on the Walker Morris Calendar Competition, now in its 23rd year it is a role that I enjoy immensely but do not take lightly.

Each year the children’s imaginative use of colours and techniques is a joy to see and as always ensures that decisions are difficult to make for all the judges.

As well as the children who entered, I wish to thank the teachers who not only provide the time and support but often the inspiration to allow the children embrace the message that art is for everyone to enjoy whatever their ability.”

David Smedley Chairman of the Partners at Walker Morris and one of the judges added:

“Every year we see a tremendous amount of artistic talent from the young artists in our region and this year has been no different. Our job as judges has again been very challenging! Once again we have been staggered by the high standard of the artwork and creative ability from the region’s primary schools.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank both the pupils and teachers for their continued support of the calendar competition and the fantastic effort that goes into creating the artwork we receive from the schools and the children.”

The annual competition, which is open to all primary school aged children in Yorkshire and Humber, requires the children to paint pictures that depict their favourite month of the year. The winning entries will be used to create a charity calendar that will be sold in aid of Martin House Hospice.

Calendar Competition Judging - Aug 17