National Competition Win!
BARLOW HALL PUPILS’ EYE-OPENING ARTWORK SCOOPS TOP PRIZE IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
Artwork from Barlow Hall children has won first prize in a nationwide competition aimed at raising awareness of a rare form of childhood cancer.
Miss Law's Art Club children entered the Art4Eyes competition organised by the Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) and fought off competition from hundreds of other schools across the UK to win in the category for children aged five to seven years old.
The competition involved pupils creating artwork based on the theme of eyes. Each child taking part received a leaflet to take home to their parents explaining about the childhood eye cancer known as retinoblastoma which affects children predominantly under the age of six.
Pupils at Barlow Hall Primary School created an array of colourful eyes which went forward to be judged by staff at Vision Express, the charity’s corporate partner, together with the artist and former Beano illustrator Daniel Pincham-Phipps.
“I was touched by the amazing amount of effort that the children put in, and the differences in how each child represented the competition brief and their understanding of CHECT’s work,” said Daniel. “Art is naturally creative and can open up anyone’s imagination and awareness. That’s certainly been the case as far as the pupils from Barlow Hall Primary School are concerned.”
In recognition of their excellent work the children at Barlow Hall Primary School will be presented with a certificate from CHECT at 1.15pm on Thursday 11 December together with supplies of paints from Turners Art (which supported the competition and helps raise awareness into CHECT’s work).
“We are delighted with the response to the competition and the awareness of this life threatening cancer which has been raised by all those who took part,” says Joy Felgate, chief executive of CHECT. “Retinoblastoma occurs in children under the age of six so it is vital that parents of young children are aware of the signs of this devastating disease to ensure that a swift diagnosis is carried out and early treatment received.”
Jonathan Lawson, chief executive officer of Vision Express, adds, “Judging for the competition has been incredibly tough with so many excellent entries from across the country. Our thanks go to all of the schools that entered the competition and our special congratulations to Barlow Hall Primary School. Your artwork will now be used to raise awareness of childhood eye cancer in a fun and engaging way.”