It’s time to show your art talents

Mereside Primary pupils Philip Scott, Chantelle Binns, Teigan Smith, T-Jay Burke, Ellis Lavery, Asia Mathieson with their display from last year's contest.

Mereside Primary pupils Philip Scott, Chantelle Binns, Teigan Smith, T-Jay Burke, Ellis Lavery, Asia Mathieson with their display from last year's contest.

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CALLING all budding artists at schools – get your paint brushes and crayons at the ready!

Youngsters are being urged to get creative as The Gazette’s Young Seasiders schools arts and crafts exhibition is launched.

This year marks the 66th anniversary of the event, which is being sponsored by Blackpool and The Fylde College.

The competition is open to primary, secondary and special needs schools throughout Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde with each school asked to submit pieces of artwork by individual pupils.

There is an optional group section for primary schools where larger artwork pieces may be submitted based on the theme ‘When I Grow Up...’.

The winning school in this section will receive the prestigious Young Seasiders Trophy.

Last year, Mereside Primary School took the trophy back to class after creating a display of stunning dream catchers, based on how the Olympics could inspire young people to follow their ambitions.

Coun Joan Greenhalgh, a school governor for Mereside, said: “In the past they’ve done the competition and they’re quite good at art.”

Blackpool and The Fylde College will also be awarding a trophy to a secondary school pupil.

And all winners from the Young Seasiders exhibition will be invited along to a glittering awards ceremony in April where they will be presented with a medal and prize.

Sue Bentley, promotions manager for The Gazette, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing how creative the pupils are this year.”

Staff at Blackpool and The Fylde College say they are proud of the college’s relationship with local schools, which involves helping young people choose the right course and future career path.

Maggie Woodings, head of The School of Creative Arts which offers courses including fashion, photography, and graphic design, said: “Inspiring young people to take an active interest in the creative arts from an early age is hugely important.

“It can help them to express themselves and build confidence but equally instils transferable skills such as developing high levels of communication and creative thinking.”

If your school has not already registered to participate in the exhibition, contact The Gazette Promotions Department on (01253) 361862.

The closing date for registration is Friday, March 1.

All Young Seasiders entries will be displayed in an exhibition at The Solaris Centre, New South Promenade, Blackpool.

The exhibition will run from Thursday March 28 until Sunday April 28.

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