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Walker Morris installs winning pieces of art from innovative design competition

Photo: Caroline Black and David Smedley in front of Tamzin’s winning artwork in Walker Morris boardroom and her winning picture in the Walker Morris Calendar Competition

Winning artwork from Leeds Arts University students installed in law firm’s distinctive new client meeting rooms

The client meeting rooms in Walker Morris new offices have been brought to life with the installation of 13 winning original works of art.

As part of Walker Morris’ continued and long-standing investment in the arts, the leading law firm launched an innovative competition, in partnership with Leeds Arts University, to commission 13 pieces of original artwork for its new office at 33 Wellington Street, Leeds.

Students from across the Leeds Arts University’s disciplines were challenged to design a piece of art with a ‘distinctive’ theme to reflect the Firm’s reputation as a distinctive commercial law firm. The artwork completely fills one of the walls in each of the client meeting rooms in the Firm’s new building, which it moved into this summer.

In a surprise coincidence, Leeds Arts University student, Tamzin Jebson, whose artwork is installed across two walls in the Walker Morris Boardroom, was previously a winner in the Firm’s annual Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition.

Winning Leeds Arts University student, Tamzin won the 2009 Calendar Competition when she was just 7 years old! Tamzin is now studying for a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Leeds Arts University and has secured a place at Goldsmiths University of London.

Now in its 25th year the award-winning Walker Morris Children’s Calendar Competition attracts over 2000 entries each year from primary schools throughout the region and supporting Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Walker Morris Chairman, David Smedley, commented:

“We are delighted with the winning paintings from these extraordinarily talented Leeds Arts University students.  They look fantastic now they are full scale and installed.  They are a real focal point in the client meeting rooms and certainly resonate with our mission to be a distinctive commercial law firm.

“We are also thrilled that one of the winners is a former Calendar Competition winner.  It is an amazing coincidence and staggering to think that Tamzin was a winner all those years ago when she was just 7 years old. I am truly honoured to be presenting Tamzin with a second prize ten years later!”

Winning student Tamzin Jebson added:

“It’s wonderful to be able to see two of my paintings fully installed in the client meeting rooms. I’d like to thank Walker Morris for the opportunity.  I can clearly remember accepting my prize from David Smedley and Ashley Jackson at the award ceremony for the Calendar Competition in 2009. It was a memorable morning for me as a 7 year old winner.  I can’t believe I’m here accepting a further prize from Walker Morris for my art work 11 years later!”

Walker Morris has a long heritage of investing and celebrating the arts, often collaborating with artists, art schools and artistic young children in competitions to enable art to be more accessible to the broader community.  The Firm’s arts projects range from its grass-roots annual Children’s Charity Calendar Competition, to sponsorship of national art exhibitions such as bringing the Turner exhibition to Yorkshire, supporting the inaugural exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery, Damian Hirst’s exhibition, ‘Artist Rooms’, at Leeds Art Gallery and Ashley Jackson’s ‘Framing the Landscape’ collection at the Mall Gallery in London to name but a few.

The winning students who received a commission are:

Name Course
Aderice Palmer-Jones BA (Hons) Illustration
Alexandra Horton BA (Hons) Animation
Caitlin Hall BA (Hons) Photography
Cas Anderson BA (Hons) Animation
Claire Tuton BA (Hons) Visual Communication
Ethan Dodd Adkins Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Lili Rowe Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Lily Windsor Walker BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design
Lucy Turner BA (Hons) Printed Textiles & Surface Pattern Design
Marc Bratcher MA Creative Practice
Oliver Wingard BA (Hons) Illustration
Tamzin Jebson Foundation Diploma in Art & Design