dot-art Schools inter-school art competition is already a well-established fixture in the academic calendar for many Liverpool City Region schools as it is now in its seventh year. Due to its success and a partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, a parallel programme was also launched in 2017 for Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington schools. Since its inception almost 7000 students from 398 schools have taken part.
Participating schools initially submitted up to 25 pieces of art created by Year 5 or Year 9 students, which are then featured on the dot-art Schools website. The shortlisting panel is made up of arts professionals including international artist Ryan Gander, Sandra Penketh Executive Director of Collections at National Museums Liverpool and Dr Caroline Wilkinson Director of LJMU Liverpool School of Art & Design, who select their top three entries from each school. The public were then encouraged to vote online for their favourite piece of work with the entry from each school with most votes featuring in the final exhibition.
The seventh annual dot-art Schools 2019 exhibition featuring winning artworks from 63 primary and secondary schools across Liverpool City Region opens to the public on Wednesday 19th June to Tuesday 25th June at LJMU School of Art & Design, with free entry from 10am – 5pm each day, 12 – 4pm on Saturday, closed Sunday.
Dot-Art Schools project manager Carolyn Murray commented: 'The standard of artwork improves year on year and it’s wonderful to have so many creative young artists in the region. The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the public to check out the best work by some of the region’s rising stars.'
The overall winners and runners-up for both primary and secondary categories will be chosen by respected guest judges and announced at special prize-giving ceremonies attended by the teachers, students and their families before the exhibitions open to the public.