ABOUT THE CLOSE BROTHERS NATIONAL SCHOOLS ART COMPETITION

The first ever Close Brothers National Schools Art Competition took place between November 2014 and May 2015. The competition was open to Primary and SEN schools across the UK, involving children between the ages of 5 and 11.

The competition was run by Children & the Arts and was generously supported by Close Brothers.

Themes:

In each of the three categories, participants were required to create an imaginative artwork that explores one of the following themes:

Home
Car of the Future
Family

Entries had to be 2D, up to A3 in size and could use a range of materials, including drawing (e.g. pencil, pen, crayon, pastel, etc.), painting, printmaking, collage.

Judging:

Judging took place in April 2015, and 9 prizes were awarded in total: 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in each age group. Prize-winners were notified at the end of April and were invited to the Prize-giving Ceremony.

The judging panel included:
Ronni Ancona
Sir Quentin Blake
Brian Blessed
Neil Buchanan
Fearne Cotton
Amanda Holden
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen
Alan Rickman

Entries were judged on originality and creativity, and the judge were looking for an imaginative response to the themes.

The prizes that were awarded throughout each of the three categories were:

1st Prize:
£500 of art materials for the school.
£100 of art materials for the child.
A workshop for up to 30 pupils at a local art gallery.
Framed artwork for the school and child.

2nd Prize:
£250 of art materials for the school.
£75 of art materials for the child.

3rd Prize:
£100 of art materials for the school.
£50 of art materials for the child.

Prize Giving Event:

The prize-winning pupils were invited to attend a day of art-related activities at the Royal Academy of Arts, with the winning children attending with friends, family members and teachers. The day included a visit around the Richard Diebenkorn exhibition, an art workshop, and a prize giving ceremony with a talk from Eileen Cooper, Artist and Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts.Short speeches followed from Penny Lovell, Head of Client Services at Close Brothers, and Neil Mendoza, Chairman of Children & the Arts. The ceremony culminated in the young prize-winners being presented with signed certificates, as well as framed prints of their artwork for the first prize winners of each category.

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Children & the Arts is committed to inspiring young people through the arts. We know that early engagement with the arts has a positive impact on young people: raising aspirations, increasing confidence, improving communication skills and unlocking creativity. The Close Brothers National Schools Art Competition is the perfect opportunity for children to immerse themselves in their imaginations, to be inventive and inspired. To find out more about the work of Children & the Arts please click HERE.