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Calling all creative minds! Warrington & Vale Royal College seeks its Young Artist of the Year

The college's highly anticipated Young Artist of the Year competition has returned, promising to be bigger than ever! Students in years 10 and 11 from Warrington and its neighbouring areas are invited to flaunt their artistic talents by presenting their finest creations, all for the chance to win professional art and graphic design equipment.

Submissions will take centre stage at an eclectic exhibition hosted at the Warrington campus. The talented participants, along with their families and friends, will have the exclusive opportunity to admire their work during this event. The exhibition will culminate in an awards ceremony, hosted by the college's Curriculum Director of Creative Arts, Ben Brady, and Graphic Design subject leader, Ellie Strowger.

The competition features two categories: Creative and Digital Artist of the Year. The college aims to honour outstanding talents in both areas, with judges eagerly anticipating a diverse array of submissions from photography, paintings, various art and craft forms, textiles, fine art, and fashion. Participants are also challenged to provide an artist statement alongside their creation, elaborating on their inspiration, techniques, and materials used.

Last year, the competition saw an unprecedented amount of interest, with over 80 entries from 14 different schools around Warrington and Cheshire. The exhibition and award presentation was attended by over 100 guests, including entrants and their families and friends, as well as teachers from Cardinal Newman Catholic High School, Golborne High School, Middlewich High School, Sir Thomas Boteler C of E High School and St Chad’s Catholic & Church of England Academy, to name but a few.

We caught up with former Hope Academy pupil and Digital Artist of the Year 2023 Tom Welsby, who impressed the judges with an incredible visualisation of a well-known scene from American Psycho. Tom, now studying on the college's popular Level 3 Art & Design qualification, looks back fondly on the competition and notes how much it helped to build his confidence. He said:

"It was my mum who encouraged me to enter Young Artist of the Year. She knew I wanted to create the American Psycho piece and this would be the perfect opportunity. Even if I hadn't won, entering the competition was such a good experience and the exhibition was great! I really liked seeing my work displayed in a professional setting. It solidified that this was the right college for me."

Time is of the essence as the submission deadline swiftly approaches. Artists keen on seizing the opportunity must submit their works on or before Friday 1st March 2024.

To enter:

  • You MUST be in year 10 or 11.
  • Physical artwork and accompanying artist statements should be submitted at the Warrington campus reception. Entries must include your name, school, year group, email address, and chosen category.
  • Digital entries and their accompanying statements should be emailed as high-resolution (300dpi) JPEGs, TIFFs, or PDFs to

For those passionate about art & design and graphics who are eager to explore the diverse range of creative courses available at the college, simply click the buttons below!

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Check out the full details of the competition here!