2012 Cheshire Life Young Artist of the Year competition

Details on how to enter the inaugural Cheshire Life Young Artist of the Year competition

Could you be the Cheshire Life Young Artist of the Year? This month we launch a new competition to encourage local teenage artists.

We know that our younger readers are a talented, creative bunch and we want to showcase your talents. We’re hoping the competition will attract teenagers who paint or sculpt or make collages just for fun, as well as those who are so passionate that they regard art as a big part of their life. Don’t be shy, we will welcome entries from teenagers whose work has never been praised, as well as from those who are already stars of the art department at school.

Please note the age restrictions: all entrants must be 13 years or over, yet under 19 on August 31st 2012. The judging panel comprises renowned artist Malcolm Croft, Fred Aldous of Manchester’s premier art suppliers and three local art dealers: Martin Heaps, Robin Whitehouse and Bill Clark.

Head judge Malcolm Croft, from Bramhall, is a former award-winning newspaper photographer who taught himself to paint following a road accident which ended his career. His lively landscapes and vivid still lifes caught the imagination of collectors and galleries and his sell-out solo shows at galleries have led to him becoming a name in the Northern arts scene and farther afield.

He said: ‘I’m delighted to be involved in Cheshire Life’s new art competition for young people. It’ll be fascinating to see what sort of work the budding artists of the next generation are making and I hope we see work in many forms, be it watercolours, oils, acrylics, sculpture or collage.’

The winner and four runners-up will be invited to a prize-giving reception in the summer and each will receive art materials from Fred Aldous. Their work will be photographed and featured in Cheshire Life and the art will be displayed in a local commercial gallery.

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How to enter

Entrants must be 13 years or over, yet under 19, on August 31st 2012.

Entrants should take their finished work of art (with their full name, date of birth, full address and contact telephone numbers) to any of the participating local galleries by the closing date of Saturday May 19th 2012.

Please telephone the gallery beforehand to ensure they will be open when you take your work.

Entrants can submit a maximum of three pieces of work. More details will be given in the April and May issues of Cheshire Life.

Take artwork to any of these galleries:

Gallery 3, 8 Regent Street, Knutsford, WA16 6GR Tel: 01565 631196;

Collect Art at 29 The Cross, Lymm, WA13 0HR Tel: 01925 759988 

Collect Art at 36 London Road, Alderley Edge, SK9 7DZ Tel 01625 586589;

Clark Art, 155 Ashley Road, Hale, WA14 2UW Tel 0161 929 5150.

Judging panel: Head judge artist Malcolm Croft; Fred Aldous of Fred Aldous art shops; Martin Heaps of Collect Art; Robin Whitehouse of Gallery 3; Bill Clark of Clark Art.



The print version of this article appeared in the March 2012  issue of Cheshire Life 

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