Judges have said the standard of artwork produced by schoolchildren for the 68th annual Young Seasiders art competition was simply ‘out of this world’.
Hundreds of pieces were submitted to The Gazette’s competition, based on the theme of My Planet.
Works went on display in The Gallery, at Blackpool and The Fylde College’s Bennett Avenue campus in the resort, to be exhibited until April 23.
Youngsters from Shakespeare Primary School, Fleetwood, were named overall winners after impressing judges with their thoughtful display about looking after the environment.
The work showed ‘mother nature’ sitting atop the Earth and watching over it, despite the ravages of pollution, industry, litter and war.
Teacher Samantha Mooney said: “It sounds bizarre but it was beautiful.
“It was made by our reception children so they used lots of different art techniques.
“The children loved taking part and were so excited to win, they’re thrilled.”
The college, sponsors of the competition, have awarded two trophies too – to Moor Park Primary School for “the range and diversity of their work”, and for Highfield Humanities College pupil Georgia Scarles for “excellence” in her work.
Deputy mayor Chris Ryan officially opened the exhibition, which is free to enter, on Monday along with editor of The Gazette, Jon Rhodes, Margaret Cross, president of Blackpool Arts Society, Susan Pugh, president elect of Blackpool Arts Society and Neil Horsefield, a curriculum manager for Blackpool and The Fylde College.
Prizewinners will be celebrated at a presentation evening in Blackpool Tower Circus this coming Tuesday night.