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Young artists’ blooming talent on show at Newcastle gallery

Art work by Newcastle children will go on display at a gallery in the town.

Over 1,100 children entered the Newcastle Borough Council Britain in Bloom painting competition.

Paintings by 52 children have been chosen for the exhibition at the Art Studio Gallery, Barracks Road. The exhibition runs from Wednesday, 26 April, to Thursday, 4 May.

The title of the competition, sponsored by the art gallery, is “Newcastle’s Bloomin’ Wildlife” which is linked to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Wild About Gardens Week, a joint initiative by the RHS and the Wildlife Trusts.  .

Artist Grega Greaves, who has designed subway art in Newcastle, had the difficult task of choosing two overall winners from 1,104 entries from 20 primary, secondary and special schools across the borough.

He chose a colourful creation, featuring three-dimensional paper flowers and wildlife, as the winner of the under-10s category which was produced by Albie Hall, aged seven, from the Sun Academy, Bradwell.

Sofie Kirkham, aged 12, was the winner of the over-10s section. A Wolstanton High School pupil, Sofie painted a vibrant canvas of flora and fauna.

Competition winners will be presented with certificates and prizes at Keele Hall on 14 June.