Winners chosen for the 22nd Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Competition

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Ashley Jackson and fellow judges David Smedley (right) and Dean Poole (left).

Judging has now taken place for the law firm’s 22nd annual Children’s Charity Calendar Competition and the winners and runners-up will be announced in September.

The judges, comprising internationally renowned artist Ashley Jackson, Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing and David Smedley, Partner at law firm Walker Morris. The judges were impressed with the high quality of the artwork submitted this year and the talent of the participants making the judging process very difficult.

The competition is open to all primary school aged children throughout the Yorkshire, Humber and North East Lincolnshire regions. The children were asked to paint pictures that depicted their favourite month of the year. From the artwork submitted, the judges chose 13 winners including the prestigious front cover position and 28 runners-up. The Children’s artwork will be used to produce a calendar that is sold to help raise funds for Yorkshire’s Martin House Children’s Hospice.

David Smedley said:

Now in its 22nd year, the Children’s Charity Calendar Competition goes from strength to strength. I would like to thank Ashley and Dean for all their help and advice. It never fails to amaze me just how creative and inspiring the paintings are. This explains the longevity of the competition and also serves as a reminder of how important it is to foster and nurture the talents of our future generation. Whether they are aspiring lawyers or artists, we recognise that our future success depends upon developing and engaging our future workforce.

Ashley Jackson added:

Judging the Walker Morris competition is a great honour for me and a role that I enjoy immensely. Each year I see the strong confident brush strokes, use of colour and imagination of all the children who have entered and it is truly a joy to see.

It is also what makes judging the paintings such a difficult task as there are so many commendable paintings. I wish to thank everyone who entered and ask them to continue painting so that next year they too might see their painting within the calendar“.

The winners and runners-up presentation ceremony is due to take place on Saturday 12 November and winners will receive a hamper full of art supplies as well as £250 cheque for their schools and the runners-up will also receive a prize.

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