Thursday, 17 November 2011

Children's Illustration Competition


While I was having breakfast the other day, a massive parcel arrived. Inside were various things coming back to me from my big exhibition, which came down last week. Not the framed artwork though - that's all going into storage at Tameside Gallery, ready for another airing, planned for the not too distant future, but all the roughs and sketchbooks have come back to me.

Also in the parcel, was a pack of entries to my children's illustration competition: 




Visitors to the exhibition were asked to design their own picture-book character, inspired by my show. We had over 32,000 visitors in the 3 months the show was up, so there were an awful lot of entries. Since not everyone could win a prize, I painted 4 picture frames onto the gallery walls, at child height, so the children's work could be displayed alongside mine, and gallery staff kept putting up the best entries, as a changing display:



The guys at the gallery also helped me enormously by shortlisting the entries down to the top 50 (quite a task I should think) and it was these 50 drawings that I got in my package. They were all so lovely and all so different, with ages spanning from 3 years old through to 12. How on earth to chose!?!

I have whittled the 50 down to my top 10, but can only chose 5 winners. SO hard. I am still musing... Watch this space!

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