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Council Event Paints Picture of Young Talent

Young artists will be rewarded for their creative talents next week.

A total of 51 winners of the Britain in Bloom children’s painting competition will pick up certificates and prizes from Deputy Mayor John Cooper at an awards ceremony at Keele Hall on Wednesday, 19 June.

The theme of this year’s competition, sponsored by The Art Studio in Newcastle, was “Save our Bloomin’ Planet” as part of a programme of projects and events looking at waste and different ways the planet can be saved through sustainable planting and recycling.

Artist Grega Greaves, who has designed subway art in Newcastle, had the difficult task of choosing two overall winners from 1,293 entries from 19 schools in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

Dylan Bryan is the overall winner of the under 10s category. The seven-year-old, from Merryfields School in Wolstanton, used a cardboard box to make an ocean scene from recycled materials. The over 10s title was awarded to Cailyn Clark, 11, from St. Margaret’s Junior School, Wolstanton, for her artwork depicting the world using recycled items. Both pieces were stars of the show at an exhibition held at The Art Studio in April.

A special award will be presented to Merryfields School for submitting the highest number of winning entries.

The Council’s annual painting competition is linked to the borough’s Britain in Bloom campaign. Newcastle in Bloom is competing in the small city category of Heart of England in Bloom after an unprecedented year in 2018 which saw it sweep the board in the regional campaign as well as represent the region in the illustrious “Champion of Champions” section of the national UK Bloom finals.