THE young artists of St Helens have had their talents recognised at a special awards evening for the Youth Open Art Competition

“This is another chance for these young people to demonstrate their talents in relation to visual art and exhibit their fantastic artwork alongside their peers and in a professional gallery,” said Evonne Bixter from St Augustine of Canterbury Catholic High School who is in charge of all of the entries.

“As well as amazing two-dimensional work, such as paintings, drawings and collages, photographs and digital artwork, we also received some fantastic three-dimensional work in the form of costumes, glass, ceramics and models”

The public can admire the entries in the free exhibition in The Godfrey Pilkington Gallery at The World of Glass.

The Youth Open is the biggest event in the young artists’ calendar and open to all children who live or study in St. Helens, with all abilities and media welcome.

Now in its fifth year, the competition and exhibition is once again organised by St Augustines in collaboration with The World of Glass and St Helens Art Services.

Prizes were presented by the Mayor of St Helens, Councillor David Banks

The prizewinners were:

Nursery – 1 Edie Brougham. Runner up Leo Salinas.

Key Stage 1 – 1 Evie Bayliss 2 Joshua Hallard 3 Holly Birchall.

Key Stage 2: 1 Thomas Humphreys 2 Isabella McManaman 3 Alfie McPhee.Highly commended Finley Crookes.

Key Stage 3 – 1 Lucy Garner 2 Rebecca Cliffe 3 Catherine HowarthHighly commended Poppy Halstead.

Key Stage 4 – 1st Prize – Mia Butterworth 2 Ellie Barnes 3 Niamh Jones.
Highly commended Lucy Rickards and Kay Howard.

Photography, Graphic Art and Digital Media (sponsored and judged by Vinyline)
– 1 Monica McManaman 2 Szymon Basa .3 Matthew O’Donnell.
Highly commended Alisha Isherwood, Lewis Painter and Joseph Dawber.
The Youth Open Art exhibition will run until Friday April 28.