The dot-art Schools programme has been developed by dot-art, a Liverpool based arts organisation which has been supporting artists and developing innovative and creative visual arts projects and initiatives since 2006. In 2012 we were approached by a Liverpool school who asked if we could develop a way to showcase the art work of talented school children in the same way we do professional artists. Since then we have been using our skills, experience and expertise to give the young people of the region access to an exciting public platform for their creative output, and a taste of the way the art world works.
The team includes three staff and an invited panel of judges who help shortlist and select the winning artwork entries.
dot-art was founded by Lucy Byrne in 2006. An Art History graduate from the University of Liverpool, Lucy has a wealth of experience in planning, developing and implementing a wide range of visual art projects, coupled with an extensive contact network of artists and partners across the North West.
Our judging panel of respected arts professionals reviews literally hundreds of entries online and shortlists the top three entries from each school. Following a public vote for the shortlisted entries, the entry with most votes from each school wins a place in the annual exhibition. Our guest judge then selects the overall winners and runners up at the exhibition and announces them at the prize giving ceremony.
Susan is a past president, member of council and member of the professional development board of NSEAD, is secretariat to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft and Design Education and an Associate of The Big Draw. View her website here.
She says: “I am totally absorbed in the world of art craft and design education, as artist, teacher, adviser, and critical friend and as part of NSEAD. Nationally (and beyond) I am a campaigner and advocate for the subject. I strongly believe that every child has an entitlement to a high quality visual art education and will do all that I can to remind people of that. I agreed to be a judge for this because it is a chance to showcase and to celebrate all the wonderful work being done in schools by teachers and young people. I can’t wait to see the art work.”