Children’s artwork set for Walker display

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dot-art Schools winner 2013

James Murphy’s artwork from last year’s competition © dot-art Schools

Liverpool schoolchildren could see their own names alongside famous artists such as Rembrandt, Monet and Picasso, in a partnership between the Walker Art Gallery and dot-art Schools.

Dot-art Schools is an online, inter-school art competition, taking place on an annual basis and finishes with an exhibition in Liverpool city centre.

The programme is open to primary and secondary schools across the city until 20th December and is designed to take art out of the classroom and into the real world.

Beth Harvey, Project Manager at dot-art Schools, told JMU Journalism: “This competition is a great way to celebrate student achievements in the arts. We’re looking for schools from across the Liverpool city region to take part in this great opportunity.”

Winners of the dot-art Schools art competition will have their work displayed among the Walker’s world-famous collection from 17th May to 8th June 2014.

Last year’s winner, James Murphy, 14, of St Margaret’s Academy, Aigburth, said: “I am really happy to have won. I want to be an animator and this exposure will give me a big step up.”

Managing Director of dot-art Services, Lucy Byrne, said she was delighted to be working with the Walker Art Gallery again this year, and thinks it is an incredible chance for young artists to show off their talents.

Head of Art at St Margaret’s Academy, Ms McGarry said: “Taking part in the dot-art Schools competition was a great opportunity for the school and the students involved. We will be taking part again this year and the students are already excited and even staying in at lunchtimes for art club.”

The dot-art Schools programme has been developed by dot-art, a Liverpool-based arts organisation which has been supporting artists and developing projects since 2005.

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