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dot-art Schools Exhibition
dot-art Schools Exhibition
dot-art Schools Exhibition

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The Programme

dot-art Schools Cheshire is an interactive, online, inter-school, art competition, taking part on an annual basis and culminating in an exhibition in a central location. Open to primary (year 5) and secondary (year 9) schools in Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington, it is designed to nurture talent, raise ambition, and take art out of the classroom and into the real world. With the current threats to creative subjects on the national curriculum, dot-art Schools offers a way of keeping young people engaged with the arts, allows them to see a creative career path, and encourages them to attend exhibitions and engage with culture, outside of school.

dot-art Schools was orginally launched in the Liverpool City Region in 2012, where is continues to operate on an annual basis. In September 2016, thanks to a new partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, a parallel second programme was launched for the Cheshire region which we hope will be as successful as the first!

How It Works

During the Autumn and Spring terms, each school creates and selects 25 pieces of student work which they feel best represent the talents of their students. These art works are submitted to their dot-art Schools page by February Half Term, then put on display to the world via the dot-art Schools website (schools.dot-art.com).

A panel of art experts will select the top 3 artworks from each school. Students from all the schools in the programme, as well as the general public, will then be able to vote for their favourite piece of art from the judge's shortlist. During the Summer term, an exhibition will be held at a gallery showcasing the artwork with the most votes from each participating school. The overall winner and two runners up in both age categories are chosen and announced at the prize giving ceremony.

Prizes

Secondary

Overall winner

  • Scholarship to dot-art, giving them a year's membership to dot-art's network, allowing them to showcase and sell their work alongside professional artists. (See: dot-art.co.uk/artist/)
  • Tickets to see the latest exhibition at Tate Liverpool.
  • A pair of tickets for The Tempest at Storyhouse.
  • Art materials goody bag

Runners Up x 2

  • Tickets to see the latest exhibtion at Tate Liverpool
  • A pair of tickets for The Tempest at Storyhouse.
  • Art materials goody bag

Primary

Overall winner

  • Afternoon tea for two at the Townhouse Hotel, Chester
  • A pair of tickets for Swallows and Amazons at Storyhouse.
  • Art materials goody bag

Runners Up x 2

  • A pair of tickets for Swallows and Amazons at Storyhouse.
  • Art materials goody bag

All shortlisted artists (3 from each partipating school) will be awarded certificates.

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This annual programme will encourage healthy competition between students and schools, as well as driving traffic to the site and therefore increasing the audience for the students' work and the profile of the school. The final exhibition will provide a wonderful opportunity for the successful students to show their work in a public setting and a fantastic way of celebrating the art work created and the school's commitment to arts education, demonstrating the quality of art produced to parents, families, local authorities and the wider community. Finally the programme can help participating schools meet many of the KS2 and 3 National Curriculum requirements for Art and Design, the criteria outlined in the OFSTED evaluation framework, as well as providing a valuable tool for schools working towards Artsmark status.

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Pupils benefited greatly from the feedback received when their work was shared locally or more widely...

Schools should... build sustained partnerships with art galleries and creative practitioners.

Pupils who met with inspectors reported consistently the motivational impact of seeing their own work displayed professionally and publicly...

The public exhibition of students' work was highly effective in strengthening links between schools and the local community, including diverse community groups, different generations and those living in contrasting socio-economic circumstances.

Extracts from: Ofsted Report - Making a mark: art, craft and design education, 2008/11