Positive response to Lady Waterford art competition

Lady Waterford Hall in Ford.
Lady Waterford Hall in Ford.

As part of the bicentenary year celebrating the life and legacy of Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford, the Lady Waterford Trust has invited local high schools to take part in an art competition.

The response has been excellent, with Alnwick’s Duchess’s Community High School, as well as Eyemouth and Berwickshire High Schools and Longridge Towers School all participating.

In addition, Hugh Joicey C of E First School will take part, as it is in the village of Ford and has a strong connection with Lady Waterford.

Kate Stephenson, owner of The Watchtower Gallery, in Berwick, has agreed to display the work in the gallery between Saturday, May 26, and Friday, June 8.

Prior to the exhibition, all the artwork – in any medium – will be judged by Kate Stephenson, along with well-known local artists, Scott Robertson and Sarah Bray.

Prizes, together with a certification of the award for the students’ personal portfolios, will be presented by Lady Joicey, chairman of the Lady Waterford Hall Trustees.

She said “I am thrilled by the very positive response from the schools and would encourage everyone to visit The Watchtower to view the artwork.

“I am also very grateful for the enthusiasm and support of Kate Stephenson, Scott Robertson and Sarah Bray without whom this project would not be possible.”

Lady Waterford, who lived at Ford Castle from 1860 until her death in 1891, worked to improve conditions for those on her north Northumberland estate. This included commissioning a school, now called the Lady Waterford Hall.