WSA’s Young Persons Art Competition 2020


As many of you will know the society launched an art competition for school age children in 2019.

Schools within Walsall and the surrounding areas were contacted with the details and invited to take part. Several schools accepted our invitation and submitted pupil’s works, either by email or actual hard copies. Members of the committee viewed all the submissions and  created a long  list of entrants. This list, with the entries, then went to the artist  Andrew Tift who had very kindly offered to make the final judging.

By the end of January we had our list of  firsts, seconds, thirds and highly commended works. A local framer, Gary Sturgess, had agreed to frame the winning works and The Granary Gallery Weston Park had offered to exhibit the winning entries. A room at Forest Arts was booked for a presentation evening in March and all the schools and pupils who had entered the competition were invited to attend but we were halted by Civid 19 and the lockdown. The event was re-scheduled for September 2020 but again that had to be cancelled.

The works and prizes were distributed back to the schools and we had hoped that the schools would photograph the prize winners for us. Unfortunately with the situation as it was in schools at the time this idea had to be abandonned.

Although Covid robbed us of our YPAC exhibition it hasn’t stopped us using this medium to exhibit the works,  submitted via email, from the students ranging in age from seven to 18.

I hope you agree that we have some talented young artists out there and lets hope that, with the right encouragement, they can make good use of their ability.


Thank you to all the schools and individuals who submitted works.