Judges delighted at range of art contest entries

From mounted batik tea bags to photographs, from paintings to clay plaques, judges were bowled over by the range of entries, the passion displayed and the variety of media used in Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ city art competition.

Judging took place last Friday and winners are now being notified – 10 were selected, and each will nominate the charity they would like to receive £250 and have their work displayed. The contest, in memory of the firm’s former senior partner, Sam Driver White, focused on local people’s passion for the city and artists of all ages took part.

Judges David Blake, from Worcester City Council, Laura White (Sam’s daughter), senior lecturer in fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, and Georgina Terry, Head of Art at the King’s School, Worcester, were joined by current senior partner Jonathan Brew. With entries of all kinds, including collages, drawings and digitally-enhanced images, they were impressed by the creativity on show.

David Blake said: “Worcester has clearly inspired people in more ways than we could have imagined – I am just glad that we were able to award some extra prizes because the choice was very tough. I’m especially pleased that everyone will be able to see all the work on display at the Guildhall in December.”

Laura White said: “My father would have been delighted by the openness and inclusivity of this competition – he loved Worcester and supported the arts here with a passion, which is equally obvious in the entries we have seen.”

Georgina Terry said: “I so welcomed the opportunity to get involved in this project and enjoyed the broadness of views expressed by the judging panel.”

The winners will be announced at the end of November and the Guildhall exhibition will run for a week from December 18. The winning entries will then be hung in the firm’s conference rooms.