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dot-art Schools goes virtual


dot-art Schools is delighted to announce that this year’s annual inter-school art exhibition will be going ahead in a brand new online virtual gallery! Plus, the creative talents of teachers will be celebrated alongside the students.

Carolyn Murray, dot-art Schools Project Manager reveals “After the sadness of having to postpone our 8th annual dot-art Schools exhibition we are thrilled to be able to hold this dot- art Schools virtual exhibition so that the creative work of children and young people from our participating schools can still be shared and celebrated online. Our prize giving event will also be going ahead via the magic of Zoom!”

The dot-art Schools programme was developed by dot-art, the Liverpool based arts organisation which has been supporting artists and developing innovative and creative visual arts projects since 2006.

dot-art Director Lucy Byrne commented “Like many small cultural organisations, responding to the COVID pandemic has presented a unique challenge for us, so we are particularly grateful to the Arts Council of England for their support at this time.

Along with our sponsors Medicash and Arriva North West, it is enabling us to present this year’s winning entries in a new virtual exhibition online.”

The competition is open to all Primary (Year 5) and Secondary (Year 9) schools in the six boroughs of Liverpool City Region and the surrounding area. It is designed to nurture talent, raise ambition and take art out of the classroom into the real world.

The competition was established in 2012 in response to demand from local schools and the side-lining of the arts in the curriculum, to date over 8000 children from 481 schools have taken part. Participating in the competition can contribute to a school’s Artsmark journey, boost students’ self-esteem, raise their aspirations and engage student’s families.

In late March over 1200 student entries from 76 primary, secondary and special schools were showcased on the dot-art Schools website ready for a panel of respected arts professionals to shortlist their top three for each school. In April the public voted online for their favourite artwork to win a place in the exhibition which was to be held at Liverpool School of Art & Design in June, with a record 5000 votes being cast Carolyn Murray, dot-art Schools Project Manager continues “Every year since 2013 we have mounted a professional gallery exhibition featuring the winning students’ artworks in a Liverpool venue. Unfortunately, due to the lockdown we were unable to hold it at LJMU this June as planned, so we’re going digital instead.”

To show teachers how much they are valued, dot-art Schools are inviting creative teachers and support staff to take part in “Teachers Corner”, a special online exhibition. This will also demonstrate to students that teachers are creative too!

To submit artwork for the exhibition teachers can simply complete the online form and upload up to 3 images of their work by Monday 22nd June 2020.