Winners of youth art contest revealed

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Children as young as two have taken part in this year’s Youth Open Art competition.

And enthusiasm for this annual competition is so great that more and more young artists have been sending in work done at home rather than as classroom projects from school..

“Youngsters often see their brothers or sisters doing things and want to get involved themselves,” said World of Glass Curator Hannah Longworth.

“There’s been so much interest that we’ve introduced a new Nursery/Reception class category this year.

“And some of the entries would not be out of place in the adult St Helens Open itself.”

Winners in the Youth Open Art competition were presented with their awards by the Mayor of St Helens Councillor Stephen Glover and the Mayoress Lynn Glover at special reception in The World of Glass.

The public can admire the young artists’ work in the free exhibition at the Godfrey Pilkington Gallery and Mezzanine which runs until Friday April 22.

More than 178 works are on show from the total of over 300 entries submitted.

The prizewinners are:

Nursery/Reception – Layla Porter-Alam. runner up- Hannah Balmer

Key Stage 1 – 1 Lillie Stout 2 Kyran Greenall 3 Connor Thomas Hill

Key Stage 2 – 1 Finley Crookes 2 Anna Bevan 3 Emily and Sophie Powell

Key Stage 3 – 1 Eve Leach 2 James Dunleavy 3 Lauren Thomas

Key Stage 4 – 1 Jess Tran 2 Amy Lyons 3 Leah Wilson

Photography and Digital Art – 1 Edward Hodgson 2 Beth Gilleeney 3 Elliana Shaw

The judges included Hannah Longworth and artist Paul Cousins, who is a Trustee of The World of Glass.