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Exhibitions

We don’t know what next year holds but our hope is that we can go back to a face to face exhibition and prize giving event. If not, we will once again offer a virtual exhibition and online prize giving as we did for 2020. The 2019 exhibition gives you an idea of what to expect from our usual gallery based exhibition.

dot-art Schools Liverpool City Region competition was established in 2012 -13 and has run annually since then. For three years, starting in the academic year 2016-17, we ran a second parallel dot-art Schools programme in Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington, thanks to support from Liverpool John Moore University. Annual exhibitions were held in Hartford and Chester and we welcomed over 20 schools from across the region every year. From September 2019 onwards, these schools have been invited to take part in the main dot-art Schools programme, as we consolidate our efforts and bring all schools into one combined annual exhibition in Liverpool.

Exhibition 2020

dot-art Schools VIRTUAL Exhibition 2020
ONLINE from 7th July 2020
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After the sadness of having to postpone our 8th annual dot-art Schools exhibition due to the corona virus pandemic, we are thrilled to be able to hold this dot-art Schools virtual exhibition so that the creative work of children and young people from our participating schools can still be shared and celebrated online. We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Arts Council England for making this possible.

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2020 exhibition showcases the winning work from each of our 76 participating schools. The overall winners of the 2020 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a our first VIRTUAL prize-giving ceremony on Zoom, on 7th July, where the top three students from each of the participating schools in the Liverpool City Region were also celebrated.

You can also watch the recording of the virtual prize giving on YouTube:

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CONGRATULATIONS

ELIZABETH LYONS DAVIES from The Catholic High School won the Year 9 award for her piece “Maps 13”.

KENZY BALL-WRIGHT from Belle Vale Primary School won the Year 5 award for his piece “Diamond Scaled Fighting Fish”.

Runners Up Awards in the secondary category went to RENATA AZIZEVA from Archbishop Blanch School and NATHAN BLAND of Peterhouse School.

In the primary category Runners Up Awards went to GEORGIE FOXALL of Acton CoE Primary School and TALLULAH CONVEY of Blackmoor Park Primary School.

The winners were awarded a variety of prizes including exhibition tickets from Tate Liverpool, art materials from Cass Art and books and online art classes from dot-art. In addition, as overall winner, Elizabeth received a scholarship to dot-art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists.

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Exhibition 2019

dot-art Schools Exhibition Liverpool 2019
19th-25th June, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD

 

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2019 exhibition showcased the winning work from each participating school. The overall winners of the 2019 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on 18th June at the Liverpool School of Art And Design at LJMU, where the top three students from each of the participating schools in the Liverpool City Region were presented with a certificate by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Pete Brennan, and the six overall winners and runners up received their prizes.

CONGRATULATIONS!

Earl Cabije from Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School won the Year 9 award for his piece “Portrait of Earl”.

Dana from Belle Vale Primary School won the Year 5 award for her piece “The Dark Eye”.

Runners Up Awards in the secondary category were presented to Grace Johnson from Rainhill High School and Keeley Mullen of St Chad’s Catholic & CoE High School.

In the primary category Runners Up Awards were presented to Lewis Blackham of St Anne’s Stanley CoE Primary School and Lily-Mai of Eaves Primary School.

The winners were awarded a variety of prizes from Tate Liverpool, the Albert Dock, Rennies Art Supplies, Cass Art and Tangle Teezer. In addition, as overall winner, Earl received a scholarship to dot-art, giving him a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing him to showcase and sell his work alongside professional artists.

A wonderful LJMU Scholarship prize was also announced by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, which will provide £1000 per year for 3 years toward course fees for the Year 9 winner if they take up a course within the Arts Faculty.

Exhibition Cheshire 2019

dot-art Schools Cheshire exhibition 2019

28th June to 12th July 2019 at The Old Library Chester, Northgate St, Chester in partnership with Chester Visual Arts

 

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. 

Following a rigorous selection process dot-art Schools can reveal the winners and runners up in both age groups primary (Year 5) and secondary (Year 9) students. 

Primary Overall Winner –Finn Gilding of Acton Academy for ‘Colourful Birds’ watercolour 

Primary Runner Up – Zach Thompson of Barrow CE Primary School for ‘Greek Art 5’ oil pastel drawing 

Primary Runner Up – Neve Horne of Kelsall Primary School for ‘Mackerel 4’ mixed media drawing 

Secondary Overall Winner – Megan Thomason of Beamont Collegiate Academy for ‘Alleyway’ painting 

Secondary Runner Up  Li Zhi Potts of Bridgewater High School for ‘Flower Power’ mixed media zine 

Secondary Runner Up  Mary Smith of Hartford CoE High School for ‘Matilda’ painting on card 

Participating schools initially submitted up to 25 pieces of art created by Year 5 or Year 9 studentswhich are then featured on the dot-art Schools website. The shortlisting panel is made up of arts professionals including international artist Ryan Gander, Chester based artist Kaety Moon of Woodhouse Studio 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 overall winners and runners-up for both primary and secondary categories were chosen by respected guest judge Una Meehan of University of Chester and announced at special prize-giving ceremony attended by the Lord Mayor of Chester Cllr Mark Williams, teachers, students and their families. 

View the third annual dot-art Schools Cheshire 2019 exhibition featuring winning artworks from 21 primary and secondary schools across Cheshire from Friday 28th June to Friday 12th July at The Old Library Chester, Northgate St, Chester, thanks to a partnership with Chester Visual Arts. Free entry from 11am – 5pm from Wednesday – Sunday. 

Dot-Art Schools project manager Carolyn Murray commented: “The standard of work is outstanding this year and it’s inspiring to have so many talented young artists in the region. The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the public to check out the best work by some of Cheshire’s rising stars” 

Exhibition 2018

dot-art Schools Exhibition Liverpool 2018

22nd-30th June, Liverpool School of Art and Design, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool, L3 5RD

 

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2018 exhibition showcased the winning work from each participating school. The overall winners of the 2018 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on 21st June at the Liverpool School of Art And Design at LJMU, where the top three students from each of the participating schools in the Liverpool City Region were presented with a certificate by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Christine Banks and the Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Pete Brennan, and the six overall winners and runners up received their prizes.

Jacob Crummey from St Margaret’s Academy won the Year 9 award for his piece “Exploding Head 5”.

Harrison Fair from Eaves Primary School won the Year 6 award for his piece “The Rainforest Alive 11”.

Runners Up Awards in the secondary category were presented to Luke Hallman from Maricourt High School and Molly McMaster of Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy..

In the primary category Runners Up Awards were presented to Charlie Beesley of St Michaels Catholic Primary School and Alex Connor of St Bede’s Catholic Junior School.

The winners were awarded a variety of prizes from Tate Liverpool, the Albert Dock, Rennies Art Supplies, Cass Art and Tangle Teezer. In addition, as overall winner, Jacob received a scholarship to dot-art, giving him a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing him to showcase and sell his work alongside professional artists.

A wonderful LJMU Scholarship prize was also announced by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, which will provide £1000 per year for 3 years toward course fees for the Year 9 winner and two runners up if they take up a course within the Arts Faculty.

You can also see all the event photographs here.

Exhibition Cheshire 2018

dot-art Schools Cheshire exhibition 2018

8th June – 24th June 2018 at Storyhouse, Chester 

 

Two talented young artists are celebrating after battling it out with almost 300 pupils from schools across Cheshire to be named the area’s best young artists.  Pranathi Tulasi, a Year 9 student from The Catholic High School Chester and Tahlia Buckley Year 5 student from Acton CE Primary Academy, were crowned the overall winners of the dot-art Schools competition at a special prize-giving ceremony at Storyhouse, Chester on Thursday 7th June 2018. 

Pranathi’s winning piece titled Susan Davis Painting 1, a painting inspired by artist Susan Davis’s work resembling a night-time forest with birds: and Tahlia’s dynamic acrylic painting of a volcano and crashing waves, entitled Tahlia’s Great Wave both featured alongside the other shortlisted artworks in the second annual dot-art Schools Cheshire exhibition. This free exhibition at Storyhouse in Chester opened to the public from Friday 8th June to Sunday 24th June. 

dot-art Schools is already a well-established fixture in the academic calendar for many Merseyside schools; since its inception over 4700 students from over 270 schools have taken part. This is the sixth year it will take place in the Liverpool City Region and due to its success and a partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, a parallel scheme for Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington was launched last year.  

Entrants are asked to produce a piece of 2D or 3D artwork on any theme. Schools initially submitted up to 25 student pieces of art which were then shortlisted by a judging panel made up of representatives from well-respected arts and cultural institutions including National Museums Liverpool and LJMU Liverpool School of Art & Design, and Storyhouse engagement team who selected their top three entries from each school ready for a public vote. Over 3000 members of the public voted online for their favourite piece of work from each school to win a place in the exhibition. 

The overall winners and runners-up for both primary and secondary categories were chosen by guest judge Una Meehan of the Philip Barker Centre for Creative Learning in University of Chester; and announced at a prize-giving ceremony and launch of the exhibition. Each shortlisted student was presented with a certificate by Alexis Redmond MBE, High Sheriff of Cheshire during the ceremony. 

As the winner of the Year 9 category Pranathi was also awarded a scholarship to Dot-Art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists, while Acton CE Primary Academy student Tahlia won the Year 5 category and was presented with prizes donated by Cass Art and afternoon tea for two at the Townhouse Hotel, Chester. 

The runners up in the secondary category were Connor P from Green Lane Community Special School for his digital self-portrait; and Lean Eugenio of Neston High School for her detailed watercolour and ink drawing of a young woman. The primary category runners up were Samuel Johnson of Kelsall Primary School for his mixed media landscape and Freddie Morris of Archers Brook SEMH Residential School for his watercolour painting of a wolf. The two runners up in both categories were also presented with prizes including a goody bag of art materials from Cass Art and tickets for theatre productions at Storyhouse. 

Dot-art Schools project manager Carolyn Murray commented: “The standard of work was outstanding again this year and it’s thrilling to see we have so many talented young artists in the region. Not many young people get the chance to have their artwork displayed in a public exhibition so everyone who was shortlisted should feel very proud. The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the public to check out the best work by some of the region’s rising stars” 

Exhibition 2017

dot-art Schools Exhibition Liverpool 2017

16th June to the 1st July, St Georges Hall, Liverpool

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2017 exhibition showcased the winning work from each participating school. The overall winners of the 2016 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on 15th June in the spectacular Concert Room at St Georges Hall, where the top three students from each of the participating schools in the Liverpool City Region were presented with a certificate by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the six overall winners and runners up received their prizes.

Erin Gerrad from The Sutton Academy won the Year 9 award for her piece “Intergalactic”.

Grace McKeown from Knotty Ash Primary School won the Year 6 award for her piece “Lost Soul”.

Runners Up Awards in the secondary category were presented to Luke Hinton from Maghull High School and Cheyenne Gaskin of Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy..

In the primary category Runners Up Awards were presented to Georgia Parry-Growney of Arnot St Mary C of E Primary School and Marcia Nicholl of St Bedes Catholic Junior School.

The winners were awarded a variety of prizes from Tate Liverpool, the Albert Dock, Rennies Art Supplies, Cass Art and Tangle Teezer. In addition, as overall winner, Erin received a scholarship to dot-art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists.

A wonderful new LJMU Scholarship prize was also announced by Professor Caroline Wilkinson, which will provide £1000 per year for 3 years toward course fees for the Year 9 winner and two runners up if they take up a course within the Arts Faculty.

Read the full press release for more details.

You can also see all the photos from the event here.

Exhibition Cheshire 2017

dot-art Schools Cheshire exhibition 2017

Mid Cheshire College, Creative Arts & Media Building, Hartford campus, 8th June to 17th June 2017

 

Two budding young artists are celebrating after battling it out with more than 300 pupils from schools across Cheshire to be named the area’s best young artists. Brigid Keighran, a Year 9 student from St Nicholas Catholic High School and Milo Forster Year 5 student from Kelsall Primary School, were crowned the overall winners of the dot-art Schools competition at a special prize-giving ceremony at Mid Cheshire College on Wednesday 7th June. 

Brigid’s winning piece titled Ganesha, an elephant created with plaster and paint; and Milo’s pen and ink drawing of a Barn Owl both feature alongside the other shortlisted artworks, in the first Cheshire exhibition in the dot-art Schools competition’s history. This free exhibition is at Mid Cheshire College, Creative Arts & Media Building, Hartford campus, is open to the public between 10.30am until 4.30pm from Thursday 8th June to Saturday 17th June (closed on Sunday 11th June).  

dot-art Schools is already a well-established fixture in the academic calendar for many Merseyside schools; since its inception almost 4000 students from over 200 schools have taken part. This is the fifth year it will take place in the Liverpool City Region and due to its success and a new partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, a pilot scheme covering Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington was launched this year.  

Entrants are asked to produce a piece of artwork that reflects themes they are already exploring at school and best showcases their skills and interests. Schools initially submitted up to 25 student pieces of art, which were then shortlisted by a judging panel made up of representatives from some of the region’s best-known arts and cultural institutions, including Liverpool Biennial, National Museums Liverpool and LJMU Liverpool School of Art & Design, who selected their top three entries from each school for a public vote. The public were then encouraged to vote online for their favourite piece of work from each school to form part of the exhibition. 

The overall winners and runners-up for both primary and secondary categories were chosen and announced at a prize-giving ceremony and launch of the exhibition. Each shortlisted student was also presented with a certificate by Joëlle Warren MBE, DL Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire during the ceremony.  

As the winner of the Year 9 category Brigid was also awarded a scholarship to dot-art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art‘s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists, while Kelsall student Milo won the Year 5 category and was presented with prizes donated by Tangle Teezer and Cass Art.  

The runners up in the secondary category were Abbie, Holly, Jen, Eve and Maks from the Bishops Bluecoat CofE High School for their group sculpture of a Chinese Dragon; and Hannah Britton of Bridgewater High School for her detailed mixed media Harry Potter artwork. The primary category runners up were Alex Harrison of Green Lane Special School for a mixed media work titled Alex and Louis Cahill of Delamere Primary School for his charcoal drawing of a Leopard. The two runners up in both categories were also presented with prizes including art materials and tickets to Tate Liverpool’s summer exhibition. 

dot-art Schools project manager Carolyn Murray commented: “The standard of work was outstanding again this year and it’s thrilling to see we have many talented young artists in the region. Not very many young people have had the chance to have their artwork displayed in a public exhibition so everyone who was shortlisted should feel very proud. The exhibition is a fantastic opportunity for the public to check out the best work by some of region’s rising stars” 

Ben Brady, Curriculum Manager of Art & Design at Mid Cheshire College, explains ‘Here at Mid Cheshire College we are thrilled to be hosting the dot-art Schools Exhibition. We are passionate about nurturing emerging talents in the arts and this exhibition gives young and budding artists the chance to showcase their creative flair within a purpose built exhibition space. We are keen to support learning of the arts within schools so that young people can see the opportunities available to them as they progress with their education and consider career options for their future’. 

Exhibition 2016

dot-art Schools Exhibition 2016

27th May – 11th June, St Georges Hall, Liverpool

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2016 exhibition showcased the winning work from each participating school. The overall winners of the 2016 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on 26th May in the spectacular Concert Room at St Georges Hall, where the top three students from each of the participating schools were presented with a certificate by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the six overall winners and runners up received their prizes.

Nyah Boorman from St Hilda’s CE High School won the Year 9 award for her piece “Golden Tamarin”.

Aidan Owen from St Bedes Catholic Junior School won the Year 6 award for his piece “Boston Terrier”.

Runners Up Awards in the secondary category were presented to Phil Doherty from Archbishop Beck Catholic College and Molly Kenwright of The Heath School.

In the primary category Runners Up Awards were presented to Ella Wake of Broadgreen Primary School and Lucy Stenson of St Sebastian’s Primary School.

The winners were awarded a variety of prizes from Tate Liverpool, the Albert Dock, Rennies Art Supplies, Cass Art and Tangle Teezer. In addition, as overall winner, Nyah received a scholarship to dot-art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists.

Read the full press release for more details.

You can also see all the photos from the event here.

Exhibition 2015

dot-art Schools Exhibition 2015

5th – 20th June, St Georges Hall, Liverpool

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2015 exhibition showcased the winning work from each participating school. The overall winners of the 2015 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on 4th June in the spectacular Concert Room at St Georges Hall, where the top three students from each of the participating schools were presented with a certificate by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Tony Conception and the six overall winners and runners up received prizes.

Georgia Allen from Rainhill High School won the Year 9 award for her piece “Study of Nature 1”.

Marcel Auber from St Patricks Primary School won the Year 6 award for his photographic piece “Ocean Eye”.

Runners Up Awards in the secondary category were presented to Alfie Hefferman from West Kirby Residential School and Ben Walsh of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School.

In the primary category Runners Up Awards were presented to Sophia Nicolas of Gwladys Street Primary School and Lydia McManus of Springwood Heath Primary School.

All the prize winners were awarded vouchers to spend at Rennies Arts and Crafts and tickets to Tate Liverpool”s summer show, with guided tours. In addition, as overall winner, Georgia received a scholarship to dot-art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists.

Read the full press release for more details.

You can also watch a video produced at the prize giving event by Bay TV Liverpool, and broadcast as part of their Arts Alive program on 6th June.

Exhibition 2014

dot-art Schools Exhibition 2014

17th May – 8th June, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Following a judges’ shortlist and an online public vote, the 2014 exhibition showcased the winning work from each participating school. The overall winners of the 2014 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony on 16th May, where the top three students from each of the participating schools were presented with a certificate by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar and the seven overall winners and runners up received prizes.

Lottie Hulse from St.Hildas CE High School won the Year 9 award for her pen and ink drawing “Heat”.

Daniel Canning from Christian Fellowship Middle School won the Year 6 award for his colourful self-portrait.

A Highly Commended Award was given to Kristy Vidamour of Range High School for her piece “The Last of the Tribal Men”.

Runners Up Awards in the secondary category were presented to Leigha Slevin from St Augustine of Cantebury High School and Erin Ball of Holly Lodge Girls School.

In the primary category Runners Up Awards were presented to Holly A of St Michael and All Angels Primary School and Tilly Rogan of Arnot St Mary”s Primary School.

All the prize winners were awarded vouchers to spend at Rennies Arts and Crafts, tickets to the Tate’s Mondrian show and a selection of art books from the Walker Art Gallery. In addition, as overall winner, Lottie received a scholarship to dot-art, giving her a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing her to showcase and sell her work alongside professional artists.

See the Walker website for more details.

Exhibition 2013

dot-art Schools Exhibition 2013

11th-20th July, Domino Gallery, Liverpool

Following the results of an online public vote, this exhibition showcased the top three works from each of the schools who participated in the inaugural year of the programme. The winners of the 2013 dot-art Schools Competition were announced at a prize-giving ceremony at the Domino Gallery in Liverpool on 10th July 2013, where as well as the overall winners, the top three students from each of the participating schools were all presented with a certificate by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar.

The two runners-up were Isobel Shore (picture 2) from Gateacre School and Jessie Lau (picture 3) from The Blue Coat School, who both won exclusive ticket’s to see Tate Liverpool’s Chagall Exhibition when the gallery is closed to the public.

The overall first prize was awarded to James Murphy (picture 1), a year 9 pupil from St Margaret’s Church of England Academy. As well as tickets to the Chagall show, he also received a scholarship to dot-art, giving him a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing him to showcase and sell his work alongside professional artists.

Browse the 2013 winners in our Archive.

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