New art competition for primary school children in Stamford for the jubilee

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CHILDREN have the chance to have their pictures presented to the Queen as part of a new art competition taking place.

The competition for primary school children in Stamford to celebrate the Queen’s diamond jubilee is on the theme of being British and ties in with a pop-up art exhibition of that name which will be running in Stamford on June 29.

Pupils from Barnack, Bluecoat, St Gilbert’s, St George’s, and Uffington, primary schools and Stamford Junior School have all signed up to take part in the competition run by The Children’s Society but it is open to all children aged five to 11 in the town.

In recent weeks organiser Sam Roddan has been visiting the participating schools running workshops and assemblies with the children.

The young winners’ work will appear in an exhibition in the Stamford town centre from Friday, June 1 to Monday June 4 during the Jubilee weekend.

So far more than 30 traders in the town have agreed to display the children’s work in their windows over the weekend, allowing a large quantity of the more than 500 entries to be put on show.

The winners will also be printed in The Commemorative Book of Messages where those visiting the exhibition will be able to write a message to the Queen.

Children wishing to enter their work must submit their entry before 4pm on Thursday, May 17. Entries must be A4 size, in 2D, done in any style and any medium but not using a computer. Children’s names and ages should be written on the back of their work.

A submission drop box is located at Stamford Library in High Street for people wishing to enter outside the school environment.

The children’s competition is connected to a group show featuring 13 artists, presenting diverse a range of contemporary conceptual artworks on the theme of Being British exploring the concepts and quirks that represent the nation.

The Art Pop-Up Project gala event will be held at The Ballroom at the Stamford Arts Centre which has been donated by the Burghley Estate. It will be a ticketed event for more than 200 guests raising funds for The Children Society. Tickets cost £10 and include a glass of wine and canapes and are available from the Stamford Arts Centre plus a £1 administration fee.

More information can be found at www.artpopup.co.uk