Nicky Thompson - childrens art competition with mid cheshire community rail

Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership has launched a children’s art competition called “My Cheshire Poster Awards”.

It aims to provide a teaching resource for children who are unable to go to school due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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

The awards are split into two age categories – 4-7 and 8-11. There will be a winner and two runners up in each bracket.

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.

All winners and runners-up will also receive a professional set of coloured pencils.

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

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!”

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.”

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 added: “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 May 1st and the judges are Nicky Thompson, John Hulme and Katrina Michel (Director CH1 ChesterBID).

To enter visit www.nickythompsonart.co.uk/mcpcomp and download the template.

My Cheshire Poster Awards - The Competition - Art

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