Judging takes place for the 21st Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Competition

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Judges Dean Poole, Ashley Jackson and David Smedley

Judging has taken place for the law firm’s 21st anniversary Children’s Charity Calendar Competition.

Primary school children from across the Yorkshire, Humber and North East Lincolnshire regions, have displayed their fantastic artistic talents by painting pictures that depicted their favourite month of the year.  Winning entries will be used to produce a charity calendar, sold in aid of Yorkshire’s Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson and fellow judges David Smedley from Walker Morris and Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing had the difficult task of selecting the winning paintings.

The 13 winners, including the coveted front-page prize, will each receive a hamper of art materials and a cheque for £250 for their schools.  Runners-up will also receive a prize.  The winners will be notified in September.

David Smedley, Walker Morris partner, said:

“The 2016 calendar will be very special for us as it marks the 21st anniversary of the Children’s Charity Calendar Competition.  The quality of artistic talent and creativity in Yorkshire’s primary schools is staggering, and this year was no exception.  It made our role as judges extremely difficult and we felt many of the paintings would not look out of place in a gallery! 

“I would like to thank fellow judges, Ashley Jackson and Dean Pool for helping to make some tough decisions. Ultimately we believe we’ve chosen a wonderful range of paintings and we are eagerly anticipating seeing the calendar in print.”

Ashley Jackson added:

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

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

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 not just  for a few but for everyone to enjoy.”

Last year, as part of the 20th Anniversary celebrations, the winning and runner-up paintings were displayed at The Tetley, in Leeds, as part of a week-long unprecedented public exhibition of over 260 paintings from across the 20 years of the Competition.  The Exhibition attracted 4,000 visitors and included an auction which ran for the duration of the Exhibition. The auction was a one-off opportunity to purchase the paintings from across the 20 years of the competition with all proceeds going directly to Martin House Hospice.

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