The newly launched School Art Competition, hosted by Walkers, is hoping to find the best young artists in the Cayman Islands.
More than 40 entries have been received from students attending schools across Cayman, a news release said, with the theme “A Cayman Future”. The competition was announced to local schools late last year and offers cash prizes totalling US$15,000.
Antonia Hardy, managing partner of Walker’s Cayman Islands, said the firm has been delighted by the response.
“As we moved to our new home on Elgin Avenue we wanted to mark this milestone by encouraging students to use their imagination to create fresh, modern pieces of artwork depicting what they think the Cayman Islands will look like in the future,” he said. “Some of the themes selected are very imaginative, including the environment, tourism, Cayman’s natural beauty and some futuristic space scenes. Overall the standard of entries has been extremely high which will make judging the competition quite challenging.”
Judging is slated to take place later this month, with the winners announced shortly afterward. An awards ceremony will be held in March at Walkers’ offices, where the winning pieces of artwork will be unveiled.
The judging panel will consist of Ms Hardy, local artist Wray Banker, Cayman Islands National Gallery Director Natalie Urquhart and Inga Masjule, Walkers’ global executive human resources director.
The competition is split into two age categories, 10 to 13 years and 14 to 17 years. First prize is US$5,000, second is US$1,500 and a Runners Up prize of US$500 in each category, as well as a special prize of US$1,000 for the school with the ‘Best Youngest Artist’.
Walkers is an active supporter of charitable causes across all the jurisdictions that the firm operates in, with a particular focus on art and educational opportunities for children as well as conservation programmes.