The Rotary Club Havelock Grimsby, Young Painter of the Year prize giving ceremony took place recently at Grimsby Town Hall. The competition which is sponsored by the Grimsby Institute is now in its ninth year and sees schools from all over North East Lincolnshire submit student’s work, each hoping to win the accolade of Young Painter of the Year. Entries are received from students as young as five right through to those as old as 17years.
Prior to judging members of the public were able to view all of the wonderful artwork submitted for the competition at the Discovery Centre Cleethorpes.
Andrew Wareing, Rotary Club Havelock Grimsby President opened the ceremony congratulating the students on all their hard work. Local artist, Ann Turner one of the two judges who had the tough job of whittling down all the fabulous entries said:
“It was nothing but a huge pleasure to judge this competition. I had began to worry that the younger generation considered art boring and that it might become a neglected medium but this competition has shown me that is far from the truth.”
She went on to say: “The older students showed an enormous amount of creativity and talent and the younger students showed so much potential, I urge you all to keep on painting and enjoy it.”
Prizes were handed out from certificates for commendations to the trophies for first and second places in all the categories. The overall winner went to young Harvey Smith from Macaulay Primary Academy whose vibrant painting of a clown really captured the judge’s hearts. Harvey was presented with a trophy and a cash prize of £100.
Speaking of his achievement Harvey said: I’m so happy, it was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it.”
And when asked about his cash prize Harvey excitedly commented he was “one million percent happy.”
The event was closed by the Worshipful, the Mayor of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr Christina McGilligan-Fell who offered her congratulations to all the entrants and winners. The Mayor whose focus this year is on Art, Culture and Education commented the work was amazing and said it was “very touching to see so many students and parents attend the event.”
Darren Banks , Curriculum Manager for Creative Arts at the Grimsby Institute said: “It is an honour to be supporting the Young Painter of the Year, where so much inspirational art has been produced and presented.”
“Self-expression is a key part of any young person’s development and art within education is key to developing an individual’s voice.”