This is an annual competition held each year by the Rotary Club of the Royal Forest. The theme for this year's event was Life in the Forest of Dean with each drawing or painting to be presented on an A4 sheet of paper.
All 29 Primary and Junior schools in the Forest area were invited to engage with the club in this latest competition. There were two categories: a lower competition for years Y3 & Y4, and an upper competition for years Y5 & Y6. Each school was invited to submit up to eight entries for each category, with the option to enter both.
The competition was hot. All submitted artists received £10 vouchers, but category winners won more significant prizes. The schools submitting artwork also received prizes for their participation.
In the Junior category, first place went to Harry Jhattu of Ruardean Primary School who receives a £100 voucher. Runner-up (£50) was Aimee-Leigh Hone of Berry Hill Primary School; Matthew Tarry of Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School was third (£25), and Lucy Quintin of Berry Hill Primary School was Highly Commended (£25). The overall winning school was Ruardean C of E Primary School, and the runner-up school was Coalway Junior School.
In the Senior category, first place was awarded to Grace Tompkins of Primrose Hill Primary School who also receives a £100 voucher. Runner-up (£50) was Emily Fennel of St White’s Primary School; Ona Mahiques-Rodriguez of Redbrook Primary School was third (£25), and Marley White of St White’s Primary School was Highly Commended (£25). The overall winning school in this category was Littledean C of E Primary School, and the runner-up school was Ellwood Primary School.
Tommy Reeves of Woolaston Primary School receives a Special Artists' Award of £100, awarded by chairman John Belcher.
To view this year's entries, select Art 2020 from the main menu or click on the following link:
Art Competition - Winners and finalists gallery
The Rotary Club intends to continue 'Hands On Art' as an annual competition to support the aims and aspirations of the schools in the Forest, and will be contacting Forest schools again in the autumn.