Announcing the Stody Animal Art Fair Young Talent Awards!

Five Norfolk primary schools have entered The Stody Animal Art Fair Young Talent Awards as part of the Animal Art Fair Spring Exhibition at Stody Lodge Gardens this May. Over the next two weeks, Years 4, 5 and 6 at Astley Primary School, Holt Community Primary School, Corpusty Primary School, Beeston Hall Preparatory School and Greshams Preparatory School will be putting the finishing touches to their animal art.

Pupils are hard a work creating representations of animals, birds or fish in any frameable medium. The relevant teachers will select three finalists from each year group (making a total of 45 paintings in total from the five schools) to be displayed in an exhibition space at Stody Lodge Gardens when it opens to the public from 1pm – 5pm on Sunday 10th May.

Sunday 10th May is the Stody ‘Kids for Kids’ Day with the Norwich & District Kid and Goatling Show, pony rides, face painting, a treasure hunt, and of course the Animal Art Fair Sculpture Gardens. Entrance is £5, children under 12 free. Families are welcome to bring dogs, there are great picnic spots, a plant stall and delicious homemade teas.

Local press are invited from 4pm on Monday 11th May to come and enjoy Stody’s renowned rhododendron and azalea gardens with a drink in their hand before joining the Young Talent Awards ceremony in the gardens at 5pm. The three winners, one from each age group, will be selected by the Animal Art Fair panel and presented with their professionally framed painting by Jamie Polk, Founder of the Animal Art Fair, at 5pm.

In a fitting conclusion to the art competition, the three winning paintings will be hung for sale alongside the works of some of the UK’s leading animal artists as part of the Animal Art Fair Spring Exhibition from 17th May – 25th May. Jamie Polk will advise on the sale price of each painting and proceeds can be kept by the pupil or, if they wish, donated to Ormiston Families, the nominated charity for the Spring Exhibition.

Kate MacNicol of Stody Lodge Gardens, said: ‘We are delighted to be hosting the Animal Art Fair Spring Exhibition at Stody Lodge and wanted to celebrate this exciting collaboration by involving our local primary schools. We can’t wait to see what the pupils have created and hope they will be inspired by the wonderful paintings and sculptures within the gardens.’

Jamie Polk, Founder of the Animal Art Fair, said: ‘It is fantastic so many local schools are taking part in the Stody Animal Art Fair Young Talent Awards. We hope the competition will encourage pupils to engage in their art work and that it could be a fantastic start to a budding art career.’

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