St George’s Hall hosts “dot-art Schools” exhibition

St George’s Hall has been revealed as the host for dot-art’s third annual schools art exhibition.

“dot-art Schools” is an annual online inter-schools art competition, which will culminate with an exhibition of winning works in Liverpool in June next year.

dot-art Schools project manager Carolyn Murray explained:

“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 and secondary school pupils, up to Years 6 and 9 respectively, from across the six boroughs of the Liverpool City Region; and is designed to nurture talent and raise ambitions by taking art out of the classroom and into the real world.

Artworks are shortlisted by a panel of professional judges and the final exhibitor for each school is decided through public vote. Throughout the exhibition, a guest judge chooses winners and runners-up, who will receive a variety of prizes.

The winner of the Year 9 entries will win a scholarship to dot-art, which will provide them with a year’s membership to a professional network of artists and allows them to show and sell their work.

Ggeneral manager at  St Georges Hall, Alan Smith said:

“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 Schools programme from dot-art gives schools the opportunity to show off the quality of the artwork produced by pupils to parents, families, and the wider community.

Teachers involved in last year’s event noted that it raised students’ confidence in their own abilities and increased interest in further studies in art. dot-art Schools additionally provides a direct avenue for young people to engage in the arts, showing it as a realistic creative career path and encouraging attendance at local exhibitions and other cultural settings outside of school-mandated outings.


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Words: Peter Cribley

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