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Young Artists in the Spotlight for Circus Paintings

Talented young artists have been rewarded for their creative brilliance.

A total of 54 winners in the Britain in Bloom children’s painting competition picked up certificates and prizes from Deputy Mayor Elizabeth Shenton and Andrew Van Buren, a well known magician and illusionist from Silverdale, at an awards ceremony at Keele Hall earlier today (Wednesday, 13 June).

The theme of this year’s competition, sponsored by The Art Studio Gallery in Newcastle, was “What a Bloomin’ Performance” which links in with other “bloom” activities marking the 250th anniversary of the creation of the modern circus by Newcastle-born Philip Astley.

Artist Grega Greaves, who has designed circus subway art in Newcastle, had the difficult task of choosing two overall winners from 1,040 entries from 24 primary, secondary and special schools in Newcastle.

Grega selected a floral clown collage made by four-year-old Mason Hooper, from Merryfields School, as the overall under 10s winner. Clayton Hall Academy student Thora Withington, aged 11, was victorious in the over 10s category with her excellent painting.

Both pieces were the centre of attention at an exhibition held at The Art Studio Gallery. Some of the winning artwork is also included in a 12-week Philip Astley exhibition currently taking place at the Brampton Museum.

Newcastle in Bloom represents the Heart of England region in the illustrious “Champion of Champions” section of the national UK Bloom finals this year. It is also competing in the small city category of Heart of England in Bloom.

Check out our video of the awards ceremony below.