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Crisis Art Competition

13 May 2015 by Lucy Johnson

Painting of poppies with red and blue backgroundI have always been a strong believer that art has an important role to play in society, so I am really lucky to work closely with the Walker Art Gallery and its inspiring collection of works. I recently got the opportunity to view some more inspiring art when I was asked to be involved in a competition run by run by the homeless charity Crisis

I was invited to be a judge in the charity’s termly art competition, along with Kate Farrell, director of Crisis Skylight Merseyside. Categories for both photography and visual arts provided a diverse mix of entries for us to consider and it was fascinating to see the different approaches and styles. All the works had been created at drop in sessions run by the
charity.

Lucy and Kate sat at a table looking through the submissions.The winner of the visual arts category was Jim McConnon, with a beautiful and delicate painting of poppies. Amazingly, this was Jim’s first attempt at using watercolours! The first prize for the photography went to Bernadette Davies, for a reflective and warm portrait of a young woman holding a camera. Congratulations to Jim and Bernadette!

The submissions were of a high standard and showed different skills across the group. It was interesting to read the inspiration behind each piece and to find out about the art sessions that Crisis run. It was a real insight into the incredible work that the charity does, and highlights how creativity can help to change people’s lives.

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