2nd April 2020 - 1st May 2020

The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership are proud to announce their Childrens Art Competition .....

The Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership has today announced a children’s art competition called the MY CHESHIRE POSTER AWARDS to provide a teaching resource for children who are unable to go to school due to the Coronavirus.

They have teamed up with Chester artist Nicky Thompson to design the awards which are open to all Cheshire children aged 4-11.

The awards are split into 2 age categories: 4-7 and 8-11…with a winner and two runners up in each bracket.

All winners and runners-up will receive a professional set of coloured pencils, and the two overall winners will see their designs adorn 12 station platforms on the Mid Cheshire Line Stations that connects Chester to Manchester via Northwich, Knutsford, Altrincham and Stockport.

The inspiration for the competition is Nicky’s recent Made In Chester exhibition at The Grosvenor Museum.

Click here to look at some of the entries that have already been received.

John Hulme, a member of the Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership and President of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said:

“We hope this project will help teachers and mums and dads by providing an interesting art project to work on with their children, and it will give everyone an opportunity to look at Nicky’s iconic artworks and the history behind them.

“The competition is open to all school children up to 11, no matter which city, town or village you come from.

“All we ask is that the painting is of your favourite place in Cheshire.

“We are working on something really special for the prize giving event, so watch this space!’

Mr David Briggs, the Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire said:

“This Art Competition has my full support and I am looking forward to seeing our children’s paintings of beautiful Cheshire.

“In these fast changing times, this is a fantastic opportunity to bring out the best in our children and a unique way of keeping them occupied.

“I wish everyone who enters this competition every success.”

Mr Mark Barker, Chair of Cheshire Best Kept Stations said:

“This poster competition is a great way of involving children in a worthwhile project and helping them to think about their towns and communities

Marketing Cheshire’s Nicola Said commented:

“We are delighted to be sponsoring this competition…Nicky’s posters are so beautiful and colourful, we hope that the young artists of Cheshire can use this inspiration to create something magical that will cheer us all up at this difficult time.”

Nicky Thompson said:

“It’s a lovely little competition and I am really looking forward to seeing what the young artists of Cheshire come up with.”

The awards are open until 1st May 2020 and the judges are Nicky Thompson, John Hulme and Katrina Michel (Director CH1 ChesterBID).

Click here to enter the competition and download the template. There is also a downloadable Teacher Resource.


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