Young artists proved that they’ve got the creative X Factor

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HARTLEPOOL’S artistic future is in safe hands thanks to talented youngsters who put their work on show in a competition.

Students from across the town competed in the Stephen Crowther and Walter Parker School Awards, with the winners announced at the opening of the Hartlepool Art Club Christmas fair and exhibition.

The annual event at Hartlepool Art Gallery is a festive chance for people to buy gifts and browse round some wonderful paintings.

But its preview night sees the best young town painters honoured in the awards.

Art club president Margaret Wiles said: “Walter Parker was for many years, principal of Hartlepool College of Art and Stephen Crowther head of painting.

“Both were internationally known artists and they inspired countless students, many of whom became art teachers in Hartlepool schools. Some achieved even greater fame.”

She highlighted Ridley Scott, and Basil Beattie as two examples.

Margaret told guests at the preview evening: “Art in schools is very different from when I was at school and I suspect very different from when some of you were at school.

“Many of the traditional resources are still there and always will be, but there are now new resources e.g. new materials, new methods of printing, computers, all allowing students exciting ways to reach their creative potential.”

She urged people to look at the work of the overall winner Lauren Allison and praised her for an impressive entry in which she had experimented with various techniques. Sir John Hall then presented the awards which went to:

* Stephen Crowther Award – with a prize of £100 and a trophy – Lauren Allison, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form 
College;

* Second prize – of £60 – Amy Smith, of St Hild’s Church of England School;

* Third prize – of £30 – Rachel Taylor, of St Hild’s Church of England School;

* Walter Parker Award – with a prize of £100 and a trophy – Lauren Allison, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College;

* Second prize of £60 – Jennifer Frank, of St Hild’s Church of England School;

* Third prize of £30 – Adam Cope, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College;

* Highly commended – both winning £10 – Joshua Dixon, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College and Alex Peterken, of St Hild’s Church of England School;

* Atkinson Print Trophy for the most promising student – Lauren Allison, of English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College.