Cash prizes for art competition that benefits Young People Guernsey

May 26th, 2012 by Livingroom

Livingroom Estate Agents has launched a new creative competition designed to inspire as many Guernsey artists as possible to raise money for YPG (Young People Guernsey).

Living Art 2012 is about celebrating the creative talent on the island and is open to artists of any age eager to express their individual interpretation of Guernsey while raising funds for a worthwhile cause.

Simon Torode, Livingroom Director and founding YPG committee member, said “every individual connects with their island in a myriad of different ways so we thought having a competition allows the artist to interpret where they live, and the passion they hold for Guernsey, as well as raising money for YPG was the perfect combination.”

Contestants are invited to donate a creative submission which best interprets their life in Guernsey: whether it is a representation of their immediate surroundings, a reflection of the local environment or an expression of what Guernsey means to them.

The creative submission can be in any form of 2-D or 3-D medium including (but not exclusively) paintings, original photography (conventional or digitally-enhanced), mixed media, drawing, print making, sculpture, ceramics, glass or even fashion/jewellery creations. Digital media cannot be used unless it is in a tangible form.

The artist must be prepared to donate the work to the competition as no art work will be returned.

The competition is divided into three categories: 0-16 years, 16-21 years and 21 years+ with cash prizes of £500, £500 and £1000, respectively, donated by Livingroom.

Simon said: “We particularly wanted to open up the competition to young artists as well as adults and ensure the annual competition will be accessible to all.

“Livingroom is always looking at exciting ways to promote the arts in Guernsey and we’re delighted to launch this competition which celebrates the extraordinary and varied abilities of creative islanders and also gives them an opportunity to donate their talents to raise funds for Young People Guernsey.”

Jane St Pier, YPG chairman, said “this competition is just tremendous and we’re so pleased Livingroom is prepared to donate the proceeds to YPG. It’s an absolute privilege for YPG to be associated with Living Art 2012 and we look forward to seeing just what Guernsey means to all those who enter.”

Livingroom will host photographs of all creative submissions on their website where the public will be invited to register and place bids on the artwork with a dedicated, online gallery and intuitive bidding system. The more an entrant can publicise their piece of artwork, the greater their chance of raising the most for this community-driven project.

The bespoke website will be made live in June 2012 and submissions will be posted as soon as they are received up until the deadline of 31 July 2012 and online bidding will then be promoted until 24 September 2012. The website will allow viewers to share entries through social media channels to generate more interest in the auction.

A panel of judges will make the final decisions on the winners and the three winning artists will then be presented with their prizes on Friday, 28 September 2012.

“We would encourage as many people as possible to enter the competition and many more to bid on the creative entries to raise as much money for YPG as possible,” Simon said.

For further details and competition rules for Living Art 2012 website.

The Competition Entry form can be downloaded also from the Living Art 2012 website.

The competition rules can be downloaded also from the Living Art 2012 website.


Young People Guernsey (YPG) is a Guernsey charity that identifies and responds to the needs of young people in the Bailiwick.

YPG’s first project is a partnership with Barnardo’s, the UK’s largest children’s charity, commissioning them to provide an information, advice and guidance centre in St. Peter Port for young people aged from 11 to 16 years of age.

YPG’s objective is that all young people should be able to find confidential support and advice from the very best professionals.

The partnership with Barnardo’s and the creation of this centre is an important and significant development for young people in Guernsey.


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