Best young artists in Liverpool City Region announced!

dot-art Schools inter-school art competition is already a well-established fixture in the academic calendar for many Liverpool City Region schools as it is now in its seventh year. Since its inception almost 7000 students from 398 schools have taken part.

Following a rigorous selection process dot-art Schools can reveal the winners and runners up in both age groups primary (Year 5) and secondary (Year 9) students.

Primary Overall Winner – Dana of Belle Vale Primary School for ‘The Dark Eye’ Oil pastel drawing

Primary Runner Up – Lewis Blackham of St Anne’s Stanley CoE Primary School for ‘Dream Landscape 18’ mixed media collage

Primary Runner Up – Lily-Mai of Eaves Primary School for ‘Miro 17’ collage

Secondary Overall Winner – Earl Cabije of Cardinal Heenan Catholic High School for ‘Portrait of Earl’ ink and watercolour painting

Secondary Runner Up – Keeley Mullen of St Chad’s Catholic & CoE High School for ‘Aerial Views 7’ mixed media collage

Secondary Runner Up – Grace Johnson of Rainhill High School for ‘Hear, see, speak no evil’ digitally manipulated image

Participating schools initially submitted up to 25 pieces of art created by Year 5 or Year 9 students, which are then featured on the dot-art Schools website. The shortlisting panel is made up of arts professionals including international artist Ryan Gander, Sandra Penketh Executive Director of Collections at National Museums Liverpool and Dr Caroline Wilkinson Director of LJMU Liverpool School of Art & Design, who select their top three entries from each school. The public were then encouraged to vote online for their favourite piece of work with the entry from each school with most votes featuring in the final exhibition.

The seventh annual dot-art Schools 2019 exhibition featuring those winning artworks from 63 primary and secondary schools across Liverpool City Region was open to the public from 19 to 25 June at LJMU School of Art & Design.

The overall winners and runners-up for both primary and secondary categories were chosen by respected guest judge Susan Coles, past president of the National Society for Education in Art & Design NSEAD and announced at special prize-giving ceremonies attended by the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Peter Brennan and well over 300 teachers, students and their families.

Dot-Art Schools project manager Carolyn Murray commented:

“The standard of artwork improves year on year and it’s wonderful to have so many creative young artists in the region. We look forward to working with even more schools for 2019-20 competition.”

Schools who want to enter next year’s dot-art Schools competition can register now. For more information click here. Or contact Carolyn Murray on

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