A public vote to find Merseyside’s best young artists opens Wednesday 4 April. More than 900 pupils entered this year’s Dot-Art Schools competition and the judges have narrowed entries 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 Liverpool School of Art & Design.
The online inter-school art contest, which is now in its sixth year, gives both year 5 and year 9 pupils across the Liverpool city region the opportunity to showcase their artistic talents and have their work displayed in the exhibition. More than 55 primary and secondary schools across Merseyside entered in to this year’s competition.
Dot-Art Schools project manager Carolyn Murray added: “The competition is designed to celebrate the creative and artistic talents of young people in Merseyside to nurture and develop the next generation of rising stars. It's also a fantastic chance for pupils to showcase their skills and artwork to their parents, family and the wider community in a free public exhibition in one of Liverpool John Moores University most creative settings.”
The overall winners will be chosen by a special guest judge and announced at a prize-giving ceremony and exhibition launch. Following the exhibition at Liverpool School of Art & Design, prints of the artworks will also be displayed at one of Merseyrail’s city centre train stations in July.
View the shortlist and vote online for the work you would like to see on show at St George’s Hall here at liverpool.schools.dot-art.com. Voting will close at midnight on Saturday 28 April 2018.
The shortlisting panel is made up of representatives from some of Merseyside’s best-known arts and cultural institutions, including Polly Brannan Education Curator at Liverpool Biennial, Sandra Penketh Director of Art Galleries at National Museums Liverpool and Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Director of the School of Art & Design at Liverpool John Moores University and Susan Coles a past president of the National Society for Education in Art and Design.