Launch of 20th Anniversary Children’s Charity Calendar Competition

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Image: Last year’s Calendar Competition Winners with judges international artist Ashley Jackson, Walker Morris partner David Smedley and Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing

Walker Morris has launched the special 20th anniversary of its award-winning annual Children’s Calendar Painting Competition.

The Competition, which is open to all primary school children, aged 4-11, across the Yorkshire, Humber and North East Lincolnshire regions, encourages young artists to paint a picture of their favourite month of the year.    The 13 winners (one for each month plus the front cover) will win a hamper full of artists’ materials for themselves and a cheque for £250 for their schools.  Runners-up will also receive a prize.

The winning and runner-up entries will be used to produce a calendar, which will be sold in aid of Yorkshire’s Martin House Children’s Hospice, which cares for Children and Young People with progressive life limiting illnesses, and provides support to their families.  Since the competition’s inception, Walker Morris has raised over £60,000 for the hospice,

Internationally renowned Yorkshire artist Ashley Jackson, who has been part of the competition since its inception and will once again be chief judge, said.

“I am absolutely honoured to be contributing to the Walker Morris Calendar competition but also the celebrations that surrounding its twentieth year. It really is a fantastic achievement which would not be possible without the schools, teachers and children who have taken part over the years and for those who are still to do so. This is your year to enter, with nothing to loose and everything to gain … I look forward to seeing your creativity.”

David Smedley, partner at Walker Morris and also a judge in the Competition said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating our 20th Children’s Calendar Competition.  To commemorate this special anniversary we are planning a number of special events including a special exhibition of previous artwork.”

“The longevity of the Calendar Competition is testament to the fantastic efforts of the children and schools and we would like to thank them for their enthusiasm and support.”

To enter, children have to paint a picture illustrating their favourite month of the year and send it to Walker Morris with a completed entry form. To obtain an entry form, contact the marketing department at Walker Morris, Kings Court, 12 King Street, Leeds, LS1 2HL tel: 0113 283 2500 email:


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