St George’s Hall has been announced as the host venue for dot-art’s third annual schools art exhibition.
dot-art Schools is an annual, online, inter-schools art competition, which culminates in an exhibition of the winning artworks in Liverpool, in June 2015.
dot-art Schools Project manager, Carolyn Murray revealed “I’m thrilled to announce an exciting new partnership with St George’s Hall who have agreed to host the dot-art Schools exhibition next summer! It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase talented young people’s artwork in such an iconic building. The programme continues to grow each year and we’re hoping this year’s competition will attract even more Liverpool city region schools to get involved.”
The competition is open to both primary (year 6) and secondary (year 9) schools in the six boroughs of the Liverpool City Region. It is designed to nurture talent and raise ambition by taking art out of the classroom and into the real world.
The artwork will be shortlisted by a panel of art professionals and then a public vote will decide on the final exhibitor from each school. During the exhibition a guest judge will choose the winners and runners up to receive various prizes. The overall winner of the year 9 entries will win a scholarship to dot-art, giving them a year’s membership to dot-art’s network, allowing them to show and sell their work alongside professional artists.
Manager, Alan Smith disclosed, “St George’s Hall is delighted to host such a comprehensive and inclusive schools project. Through the inspirational company dot -art, school children will have the opportunity to experience the delight of art, and to potentially realise their ambition of being a professional artist. To then show the selected artists’ works in the iconic St George’s Hall enables whole new audiences to encounter the rich history of Liverpool in such a dynamic, exciting and interactive way.”
The dot-art Schools programme offers a wonderful way for schools to demonstrate the quality of art work produced to parents, families, and the wider community. Teachers who took part last year noticed that it raised students’ confidence in their own ability and there was an increased interest in continuing to study art. dot-art Schools also offers a great way of keeping young people engaged with the arts, allowing them to see a creative career path, and encouraging them to attend exhibitions and engage with culture, outside of school.