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Judges impressed with the artistic talent in the 25th anniversary Children’s Calendar Competition

The judging has now taken place for the 25th anniversary of the Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Competition. The winners and runners-up are due to be announced in September.

This year the Calendar Competition saw a record number of infant, junior and primary schools enter, with over 85 schools throughout our region taking part.

The judging panel, included renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashely Jackson, David Smedley, Chairman of the Partners at Walker Morris and Dean Poole from Reflex Label Plus. The judges were particularly impressed by the quality and variety of artwork submitted this year. The high level of technical skill and creativity made the judging process very difficult!

The Calendar Competition is open to all primary school age children from the Yorkshire and Humber regions. The children were invited to paint a picture that represents their favourite month of the year. From the artwork submitted the judges chose 13 winners, including the prestigious front cover, and 28 runners-up. The children’s winning artwork will be used to produce the 2020 calendar that is sold to raise funds in aid of Martin House Hospice. Martin House provides family-led care for babies, children and young people with life-shortening conditions across West, North and East Yorkshire, as well as supporting their families throughout the life of their child, and in bereavement.

Ashley Jackson, said:

“It is always a great honour and pleasure to be a judge on the Walker Morris Calendar Competition, now in its 25th year it is a role that I enjoy immensely for it embraces the message that ‘Art is for everyone’.

“Although it is something I truly look forward to, each year there are difficult decisions to be made as judges, for the children’s imaginative use of colours and techniques always surpasses our already high expectations.

“I wish to thank all the children who entered for their fantastic artwork and also their teachers who have provided the creative environment to allow the Calendar Competition to be successful year after year.”

David Smedley, added:

“The 2020 calendar is already very special to us as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Children’s Charity Calendar. Once again we have been completely astounded by the high level of artistic talent and creativity from this year’s entrants.

“The standard and quality of artwork that we have seen this year has made our roles as judges extremely difficult!

“I would like to give a special thank you to fellow judges, Ashley Jackson and Dean Poole, for their help in making some very difficult decisions. Ultimately, we believe we have chosen a fantastic and diverse range of artwork for this year’s calendar and we are looking forward to meeting our winners and runners-up at this year’s presentation ceremony later in the year.”