Prizes presented to art competition winners

News posted 27 January, 2022

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Seven talented young artists have been presented with their prizes after winning top honours in a primary school art competition at North Manchester General Hospital (NMGH).

The pupils responded to the challenge of creating pictures on four themes: ‘Love your NHS’, ‘NHS rainbows’, ‘What makes you happy’ and ‘Your favourite things about North Manchester’. The competition was held by the hospital redevelopment programme team.

The winners are aged between 7 and 11 and come from three local primary schools:

  • Adam and Sarataj from Abraham Moss
  • Moyin from Crosslee
  • Amelie, Aylarose, Grace and Lidya from St Clare’s.

To encourage the budding artists, the younger pupils each received a colouring, painting, drawing, arts and crafts case. The older children were given a drawing set including charcoal, sketching and colouring pencils plus art pads.

The winning paintings will also be displayed on construction safety hoardings around the hospital site, where a major redevelopment is underway to transform NMGH into a new health campus. The redevelopment programme team is working with local schools to involve children and young people from the start of the project.

“Congratulations to all the competition winners, it’s a fantastic achievement to come top out of over 600 entries,” said Michelle Humphreys, Director of Strategic Projects at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which is leading on the NMGH redevelopment.

“We’re grateful to everyone who sent in their paintings, it was very hard for our judges to just choose seven winners. We look forward to inviting the children and their teachers to the hospital site in the next few weeks.

“They will be able to see their artwork displayed on hoardings erected around buildings scheduled for demolition and the site of the new Multi-Storey Car Park and Cycle Hub. And we look forward to involving local schools in lots of other activities as we develop our new hospital project.”