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Winning artwork chosen for the Walker Morris annual Children’s Calendar Competition

Judges are impressed by the level of talent shown by the region’s primary schools

Judging has now taken place for the law firm’s 24th annual Children’s Charity Calendar Painting Competition.

This year saw a record number of infant, junior and primary schools enter the Calendar Competition, with over 60 schools taking part. Primary school aged children displayed their fantastic artistic talents by producing paintings that depicted their favourite month of the year. The winning entries will be combined to produce a charity calendar that will be sold in aid of Martin House Hospice.

This year’s winners and runners-up will be announced in September and invited to attend a special award ceremony held at Walker Morris’ offices in November, where renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson, will present the children with their prizes.

The judges comprised, Ashley Jackson, Dean Poole from Reflex Label Plus and David Smedley, Chairman of the Partners at Walker Morris. From the artwork submitted, the judges selected 13 winners, including the coveted front cover, and 27 runners-up. The winners will each receive a hamper of art materials and a £250 cheque for their school and the runners-up will also receive an art prize.

Ashley Jackson, said:

“It is always a great honour and pleasure to be a judge on the Walker Morris Calendar Competition, now in its 24th year it is a role that I enjoy immensely but do not take lightly for it embraces the message that ‘art is for everyone to enjoy whatever their ability’.

 “Each year the children’s imaginative use of colours and techniques surpasses our expectations, ensuring that decisions are difficult to make for all of the judges.

“I wish to thank all the children who entered for their fantastic artwork and also their teachers who have provided the creative environment to allow the Calendar Competition to be successful year after year.”

David Smedley, added:

“Now in its 24th year, the Calendar Competition continues to go from strength to strength. It is really wonderful to see the continued high level of imagination and talent from our region’s primary school aged children. Judging the Competition is always an incredibly difficult but very enjoyable process. I would like to thank Ashley Jackson and Dean Poole for their continued support, help and advice. Year on year (and we are now in our 24th!) I am astounded by the creative talents the children display and this year was no exception.”

Walker Morris Calendar Competition - Judging 2018