ON April 6, the Ripon Gazette in partnership with Blue Brick Healthcare and the Ripon Jubilee 2012 Working Party launched an art competition.
The task was for children to create artwork – themed on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee or 2012 Olympics – to go on display at the former Wheatsheaf pub site and improve its appearance while contractors for Blue Brick Healthcare build a new care home, due to open in summer 2013.
The Gazette received more than 50 entries over three age categories – seven-and-under; eight to ten-year-olds; and 11 to 14-year-olds – which were judged by Alan Matthews, owner of Alan’s Gallery and Kirkgate Yarns in the city.
He judged the following entries to be the winners:
l seven-and-under: Joe Cooper, six, of Greystone Primary School.
l eight to ten-year-olds: Theo Dormer, eight, of Goldsborough School near Knaresborough.
l 11 to 14-year-olds: Lorna Aspinall, 13, of Ripon Grammar School.
In addition to seeing their winning designs go up at the building site in the near future, each has also received a prize of £25 from Blue Brick Healthcare.
Because there is room for more designs at the building site, judge Alan Matthews has also recommeded nine other pieces of artwork picked from across the different age categories go on display at the site.
Those designs were by: Sacha Ali, seven, of Ripon Cathedral Choir School; Emma Sowden, seven, Gracie Cotrill, eight, Jessica Robinson, nine, Elysia Pound, eight, Ellie Harker, 10, Jacob Bowyer, 11, and Jake Nelson, 11, all of Greystone Primary School; and Hannah Dormer, five, of Goldsborough School near Knaresborough.
Blue Brick Healthcare also plans to display as many of the other entries as possible.
Its CEO, Les Chaplin, collected the entries from Alan Matthews this week so that the artwork can be reproduced on vinyl hoardings around the construction site.
Mr Chaplin said: “We’re delighted with the standard of entries and what a wonderful welcome to Ripon the exhibition display will make at that gateway at the south of the city.”
l For more information about the care home development, visit