Walker Morris celebrates opening of its 20th Anniversary Calendar Competition Exhibition with charity auction

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Walker Morris to raise funds for Martin House Children’s Hospice with first ever auction of paintings from 20 years of its Calendar Competition

Walker Morris is hoping to raise money for charity by holding a unique auction of the paintings from two decades of its Children’s Charity Calendar Competition.

The auction forms part of the celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of its Children’s Calendar Painting Competition which opens Friday 7th November.  To commemorate this milestone, Walker Morris is hosting a special exhibition at the iconic Tetley.  The Exhibition is an unprecedented collection of over 260 paintings spanning the 20 years of the Calendar Competition.  The Exhibition opened on Friday 7th November and will run until Sunday 16th November.

The auction presents a one-off limited opportunity to purchase the paintings from across the 20 years of the competition.  The auction will run for the duration of the Exhibition and all the proceeds raised will go to Martin House Children’s Hospice which cares for children and young people with progressive life limiting illnesses and provides support to their families.

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David Smedley, part at Walker Morris and one of three judges in the Calendar Competition said:

“We are delighted to be celebrating two decades of our Children’s Charity Calendar Competition with this very special Exhibition at The Tetley.  We never dared to believe when we started the Competition in 1995 that it would enjoy such longevity and success.  It is testament to the creativity and talent in our region’s schools and would like to thank them for their tremendous support over the years. I’d also like to thank my fellow judges, internationally renowned artist Ashley Jackson, and Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing for their commitment and support.  

“The paintings are always a joy to see and are of an exceptionally high standard.  So much so, that we are often asked if they are for sale.  Therefore as this is a very special year we are delighted to be hosting a one-off silent auction for charity.  All the proceeds from the sales of the Calendar go to Martin House Children’s Hospice and we hope the auction will continue to help to raise vital funds for this very worthy cause.”

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Ashley Jackson commented:

“The Walker Morris Calendar has finally come of age as it celebrates its 20th year and I feel like a proud parent having been fortunate to have been a judge on the competition throughout all the years. The longevity of the Calendar is in no small part down to the passionate commitment of Walker Morris, the school teachers and to the children who submit their paintings.  I wish to thank them all  for they shine a light on the great emerging talent of Yorkshire art whilst raising funds for Martin’s House Children’s Hospice. What better role can we ask of our children than to assist others through their creative expression and I am honoured to have played a part ….here’s to celebrating the next 20 years!”

The Calendar Competition was launched in 1995 with the clear objective of raising the awareness of the importance of art and creativity in schools and raising money for Martin House Children’s Hospice. Winning pupils receive hampers of painting materials and the schools themselves receive a grant towards art. This award-winning initiative has allowed primary schools, particularly those under financial pressure, to provide additional art resources, teaching and art clubs for its pupils.  Over the years, winners’ paintings have been exhibited at the National Media Museum, Leeds Art Gallery, Harewood House and on the Saatchi Gallery website.

Bids for the auction can be made at The Tetley between Friday 7th November and Sunday 16th November.

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