Youngsters’ art goes on display at Chichester’s prestigious gallery

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BUDDING Picassos and Monets from across Chichester were full of pride when they saw artwork they created for a competition displayed at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery,

The Schools Art Competition, now in its fourth year, is organised by Chichester’s French twinning association the Friends of Chartres.

A prizegiving ceremony attended by children, parents and teachers took place on Saturday at the gallery, where members of the public were able to view many pieces of the children’s work. The winning team was Lavant House School, while Bosham Primary School, West Dean Primary School and Parklands Community Primary School were highly commended.

Secretary of the Friends, Margaret Brown, who established the competition, said: “The standard was fantastic, the judges really did have difficulty this year.”

Gallery director Stefan Van Raay read the citations while certificates were presented by Chichester mayor Tony French and Chartres’ deputy mayor Patrick Geroudet.

Mrs Brown said the work would also go on show across the Channel in Chartres in the city’s town hall, probably around October. The Lions Club of Chichester will help transport the work in September.

Mrs Brown said: “It’s so clever and wonderful what the children do. I had an email from a lady to say her daughter is just coming into doing art and said how wonderful it was to be there at the gallery.

“That to me is what it is all about – giving opportunity to the youngsters.”