The aim of the Norfolk School’s Art competition was to encourage the next generation to look at their local church in a new way. By looking more closely, perhaps noticing for the first time how wonderful these medieval structures are, to hopefully make the children inquisitive, and eager to learn more about them. From the amazing carvings, stained glass windows, round towers, and wall paintings our churches contain a wealth of historical clues to the incredible creativity contained both within and without.
Rosabelle Batt, the organiser of the event stated, even though schools were suffering under COVID conditions, she was thrilled to receive over 500 entries which came from all over Norfolk. The range impressed too. From wonderful, detailed pencil drawings of flint work to bold and colourful paintings, to intricate sewn collages and colourful stained glass windows there was something for everyone. The winners in each of the three age categories received £100 for their school and £30 for themselves, the runners up received £50 and £20 respectively. The Bishop of Norwich presented the children with their prizes at the Stately Car Boot Sale on 1st May and it was lovely to see so many of the children attend on the day to see their artworks displayed. There really were some marvellous entries.
Therefore, Rosabelle would like to express her thanks to all the children, teachers and judges who took part. She hopes the children will continue to look at and engage with these buildings which have been places of worship for centuries providing a moving and impressive sense of history in our landscape. In fact, two of the schools who took part have been in touch with her to say they are exhibiting their artwork in their local church for everyone to enjoy.
Last but not least a special thanks to Bayfield Hall Antiques, near Holt, who sponsored the competition donating the prize fund.