The winner of the annual Schools Competition, a collaboration between Pallant House Gallery and the Friends of Chartres, was announced in an award ceremony on Saturday 11 May 2013.
Parklands Community Primary School was named as the overall winner of the competition, with four further schools receiving Highly Commended prizes. These were Boxgrove C of E Primary School, Lavant C.E. Primary School (Year 5 and 6), Lavant House School (Year 5 and 6) and L'école maternelle Le Grand Jardin, in Chartres.
The winning school will receive the trophy and the chance to partake in a three hour workshop with printmaker Susan Ryland, in which they will create a collaborative printed piece. Two or three pupils from each of the Highly Commended schools will participate in a two hour workshop with Susan.
The competition was judged by Gregory Perry, Director of Pallant House Gallery; Ray Brown, a representative from Friends of Chartres; and Lin Chaplin, ex-teacher and member of Friends of Chartres.
Marc Steene, Deputy Director and Head of Learning and Community at Pallant House Gallery, presented the Awards. He says: "I was thrilled to see the numbers of young people at the Gallery as well as work of such an exceptionally high standard. It was truly remarkable to see how many talented young people there are in Chichester."
The annual Schools Competition, known as 'A Tale of Twinned Cities,' is an outcome of the on-going partnership between Pallant House Gallery and the Friends of Chartres. First held in 2009 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the twinning of Chichester and Chartres, schools from the two locations are invited to produce work on a particular theme and in a particular medium. This year's competition focussed on printmaking and took inspiration from 'a sense of place.'
The Awards Ceremony accompanies an exhibition of selected entries to the Schools Competition, which is in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery until 27 May 2013. Running parallel to the exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, the entry from l'école élémentaire Grand Jardin, Chartres, will be on display in the North Transept of Chichester Cathedral.
Margaret Brown, Honorary Secretary of the Friends of Chartres, sums up the overall aims of the Schools Competition: "Part of twinning is to learn about each other's culture, heritage, traditions and customs and these competition aims form the basis of 'A Tale of Twinned Cities'."
'Friends of Chartres: Chapter 3 - A Sense of Place' will be on display in the Studio at Pallant House Gallery until 27 May.