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Voting Opens To Find Cheshire’s Young X Factor Artists


Voting Opens To Find Cheshire’s Young X Factor Artists 

An online public vote to find Cheshire’s best young artists opens Monday 3rd April. More than 300 pupils from 20 Cheshire schools have entered the dot-art Schools competition and are hoping for your votes to see their artwork on display in a public exhibition later this spring.

dot-art Schools is already a well-established fixture in the academic calendar for many Merseyside schools; since its inception over 3000 students from almost 170 schools have taken part.  This is the fifth year it will take place in the Liverpool City Region and due to its success and a new partnership with LiverpoolJohnMooresUniversity, a pilot scheme covering Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington was launched this year.

Carolyn Murray, Project Manager of dot-art Schools commented: “We are delighted with the schools response to the new Cheshire scheme, and now hope everyone will get involved by voting for their favourite artwork.”

The scheme is open to Year 5 and Year 9 pupils from both mainstream and special schools. It is designed to nurture talent, raise aspiration and take art out of the classroom into the real world. The online inter-school art contest gives both primary and secondary pupils across Cheshire the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and have their work displayed in the exhibition.

An expert panel have narrowed it down to their top three entries from each school ready for the public vote. The artwork with the most votes from each participating school will form part of the exhibition, which opens in June at Mid Cheshire College, Hartford campus. The shortlisting panel is made up of representatives from some of the region’s best-known arts and cultural institutions, including Polly Brannan Education Curator at Liverpool Biennial, Sandra Penketh Director of ArtGalleries at National Museums Liverpool and Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the School of Art & Design at LiverpoolJohnMooresUniversity.

Professor Caroline Wilkinson the Director of Liverpool School of Art and Design, said: “I am delighted to be involved in the dot-art Schools competition shortlisting. It is incredibly important for school children to see the value of art and to be awarded for artistic potential. If creative talent can be recognised at an early age, then some of these winners may be inspired to progress to a creative art career and have a positive impact on future innovation in the UK”.part.