ALTON Art Society’s children’s exhibition prizegiving in the Assembly Rooms offered up an eclectic mix of work from talented youngsters.

This year, 11 schools from Alton and its outlying villages sent in artwork in a wide variety of mediums, with artists ranging in age from pre-school up to year 11.

“It is always so exciting to see what turns up. There are always surprises and challenges in how to display the more unusual pieces,” said children’s exhibition organiser Kate Davis.

This year’s judge Katie Riley – whose artwork ‘Glorious Geraniums’ was used for last year’s art society exhibition poster – took on the difficult but fun job of choosing the prize winners. They, in turn, were invited to a prizegiving ceremony last Saturday.

Children’s prizes this year were sponsored by Alton Town Council, with winners awarded vouchers for art materials from the Alternative Packaging Solutions art shop in Alton.


Group work:

1 Fire Dragon, by St Lawrence School Year 4 pupils Alana Ayres, Amelia Baker, Skye Douglass, Curtis Murray, Xenia Priddle

2 Castle at the end of the rainbow, by The Busy Bees pre-school (Chawton Park)

3 The Rainbow Bird, by Swans class from The Butts Primary School

Craft group: 1 Hanging batik, by Year R pupils of Wootey Infant School

2 Colourful patchwork, by Year 3 of St Lawrence School

3 Baobab Tree, by St Lawrence Year 5 pupils Sophia Breakspear, Jessica Finn, Dylan Plumb and Louis Rylatt

Individual junior craft:

1 Furkan Cinar (Year 5 at The Butts School)

2 Frank Everett-Jordan (Year 5 at The Butts School)

3 Hannah Shankland (Year 3 at The Butts School)

Individual senior craft:

1 Florence Wall (Year 11, Amery Hill School)

2 Frances Keen (Year 11, Treloar’s School)

3 Tabitha Rolfe (Year 11, Treloar’s School)


1 Toby Ryman (Year 1, Medstead)

2 Freddie Edwards (Year 1, The Butts)

3 Elizabeth Shepherd (Year 1, St Mary’s School, Bentworth)

Years 2-3:

1 Anna De La Pena (Medstead)

2 Ella Veck (Wootey Infant School)

3 Alfred Willis-Parker (Wootey Infant School)

Years 4-6:

1 Bella Pagett (Year 6, St Mary’s School, Bentworth)

2 Blithe White (Year 4, Anstey Junior School)

3 Sydney Manser (Year 4, The Butts)

Years 4-6 (textiles):

1 Abi Warburton (Year 5, Medstead)

2 Rosannah Harris (Year 5, Medstead)

Year 7-8:

1 Sophie Anderson (Treloar)

2 Poppy Jones (Treloar)

Year 9-11:

1 Arabella Davis (Year 11, Amery Hill School)

2 Keeley Tappin (Year 9, Treloar)

3 Freya Jones (Year 9, Amery Hill School)

Children’s exhibition public vote:

Winner: Florence Wall (Year 11, Amery Hill School)

Highly commended: Arabella Davis (Amery Hill), Bella Pagett (St Mary’s Bentworth), Freya Jones (Amery), Jack Sperring (Medstead School), Lauren Baker (Medstead), The Rainbow Bird by Swans class (Butts School), Rhianna Jhall (Medstead), Toby Ryman (St Mary’s), the Water Dragon (Year 4, St Lawrence) and William Turrall (St Mary’s).