A very special art competition

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A showcase of what’s important to young people made up a recent art exhibition at the Northumberland Hall.

Local Christian charity Contagious held a celebration event for its ‘Special to Me...’ art competition that it ran throughout March.

Young people and their families were invited to explore the art exhibition and a variety of activities on a theme of Holy Week and Easter including a prayer space and crafts.

Alnwick Mayor, Bill Grisdale, was on hand to present the prizes to the winners in each category.

Claire Mead, Contagious youth and schools worker, said: “It was great to see what is special to young people in and around Alnwick and the creativity and different materials that the young people used in their art work.

“A lot of thought had gone into the work and our judges found it a very difficult job to decide the prize winners.

“Well done to everyone who took part and thanks to everyone who helped with the celebration event.

“A special thank-you to Katherine Renton, the art teacher at St Paul’s RCVA Middle School, for strongly supporting the competition.”

The winners for Years 5 and 6: First prize, Jessica Bishop (Year 6); second prize, Miranda Bunt(Year 6); third prize, Anna Grace Harvey (Year 6).

For Years 7 and 8, the winners were: First prize, Kirsty Duffin (Year 8); second prize Libby Payne (Year 7); third prize, Niamh Mcintosh (Year 8)

The charity asked youngsters to choose their medium, be it paint, pastel, crayon or collage, to express what is important to them. Topics included family, friends, pets, memories and faith.

You can find out more about the charity at www.con tagiouscharity.webs.com