INSPIRED youngsters have created their ideal vision of the future through a much-loved art competition.
The Gazette’s Young Seasiders allows children from across the Fylde coast to show off their artistic talents.
This year’s brief gave youngsters at primary schools the opportunity to paint or model their vision of the world under the title ‘When I Grow Up’.
The winner of the 66th annual Gazette Trophy for teams was Holy Family Catholic Primary School.
The North Shore school impressed the judges with their eco-friendly house made from recyclable materials.
Gemma Unsworth, a reception teacher at the school, said: “Every child has done something towards the house and we are delighted.
“We have done a lot of things in school to do with recycling and the idea stemmed from there.
“I brought in some carpet from home and the children brought in items which were rubbish or unused.”
Palatine Community Sports College picked up the Blackpool and The Fylde College award for their mix of artwork, including self portraits.
All of the entries are on display at The Solaris Centre, in South Shore, for the next two weeks, with the exhibition opened by Coun Christine Wright, Mayoress Julia Massey, The Gazette editor Jon Rhodes and judges from Blackpool Arts Society and Blackpool and The Fylde College.
Jon said: “Every year we are amazed and delighted by the talent and creativity on show.
“I am sure this year’s entrants will not only emulate, but hopefully trump those we have had over the past 65 years.”
Coun Wright opened the display on behalf of the Mayor of Blackpool Coun Sylvia Taylor.
She said: “Their imaginations are brilliant and a lot of them are thinking outside the box about what they can aspire to do.”
Mrs Massey added: “It’s been a very good standard and I think it’s amazing the competition has run for 66 years.
“The children have obviously put a lot of thought and time into this.
“They’ve thought about what they want to be, their future and what they would like to achieve, which is very good.”
Blackpool and The Fylde College sponsored this year’s competition and Jonathan Rowe, curriculum leader, marketing and recruitment, chose the secondary school winner.
He said: “We were looking for something with flair and potential and this fitted in with the idea of progression.”
n The Gazette will publish a Young Seasiders supplement next month featuring the artwork.
A prize presentation evening, when hundreds of young artists will attend, will be held at the Tower Circus arena on April 24.