Winning paintings selected for the 20th Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Competition

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Ashley Jackson and fellow judges David Smedley (left) and Dean Poole (right), faced tough decision for special anniversary calendar.

Judging has taken place for the special 20th anniversary Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar.

The competition, which is open to all primary school aged children in the Yorkshire, Humber and North East Lincolnshire regions, required the children to paint pictures that depicted their favourite month of the year.  Winning entries will be used to produce a charity calendar, sold in aid of Yorkshire’s Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Over 2000 entries for the competition were received from 60 schools across the region.  Internationally renowned Yorkshire artist, Ashley Jackson and fellow judges David Smedley from Walker Morris and Dean Poole from West Yorkshire Printing had the difficult task of selecting the winning paintings.

The 13 winners, including the coveted front-page prize, will each receive a hamper of art materials and a cheque for £250 for their schools.  34 runners-up will also receive a prize.  The winners will be notified in September.

David Smedley, Walker Morris partner, said:
“The 2015 calendar will be very special for us as it marks the 20th anniversary of the Walker Morris Children’s Charity Calendar Competition. To commemorate this occasion we have planned a number of celebratory events including an exhibition at the Tetley Gallery in Leeds of over 200 of the winning and runner-up prints of the children’s artwork, spanning the 20 years of the Competition.  The prints will be available to buy and all proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be donated to Martin House Children’s Hospice.”

Ashley Jackson added:
“It is a great honour to join with Walker Morris in celebrating their 20th Anniversary of the Calendar Competition. Twenty years have bestowed many accolades, a named train, my artwork on a debit card and an honorary University Doctorate , all of which I am immensely humbled by, but when I look back upon my life I hope that one of the proudest moments will have been in inspiring others to pursue their dreams. This is the purpose of the Calendar, to truly inspire and value creativity, so that when a young child decides they want to be an artist, their dreams and self confidence can be supported in the hope of achieving their end goal.”

In May this year Walker Morris embarked on the first of its 20th anniversary celebrations with the sponsorship of Ashley Jackson’s ‘Framing the Landscape’ in conjunction with the National Trust.  To launch the first frame at Wessenden Moor Walker Morris hosted a special arts masterclass, presented by Ashley Jackson for the 13 winning children from the 2014 calendar.

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