Living Art 2012 competition raises £5,000 for Young People Guernsey

October 2nd, 2012 by Livingroom

The Living Art 2012 competition has raised £5,000 for YPG (Young People Guernsey).

There were 280 entries in the competition which was hosted online by Livingroom Estate Agents where photographs of all the creative submissions were displayed and people could bid on their favourites.

Living Art, which launched in May 2012, called on Guernsey’s professional, amateur and budding artists to express their individual interpretation of the island.

Livingroom donated cash prizes of £500 each for the under 16 years, and the 16 to 21 age groups;, and £1000 for the over 21 age group.

Jane St Pier, YPG’s chairman; Livingroom’s Simon Torode; Richard Hardie, professional artist; Charlotte Barnes, Guernsey College of Further Education lecturer, and Tony Tostevin, Director of The Partnership Agency, formed the judging panel.

Jenna Tostevin, winner in the under 16 age category, produced a mixed media piece of a girl’s face decorated with items and scenes from Guernsey with a three-dimensional donkey’s ear and cow’s ear.

Robert James Allen, winner in the 16 to 21 age category, produced a hand drawn picture which was then computer edited. The picture was his impression of sunsets he remembers viewing when walking along the cliffs at Icart.

James Colmer , winner in the over 21 age category, produced a canvas oil painting titled ‘Cobo’ featuring a favourite summer pastime – eating fish and chips on the beach. Over £200 was raised from this piece alone in the online bidding process.

All funds raised from the online auction will all go to the YPG charity.

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 was 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 11 to 16 years called ‘The Hub’.

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 has been an important and significant development for young people in Guernsey.

Simon Torode, Livingroom Director, and founding YPG committee member, said “we were overwhelmed with the remarkable talent of the island’s artists young and old.”

“The artwork in the competition was of a fantastic standard and we are so grateful the artists gave their pieces to such a worthy cause and we’d like to thank all those who bid on the work. Their generosity was staggering and helped us achieve such a substantial amount for YPG,” he said.

Jane St. Pier, Chair of the Young People Guernsey charity committee said “we are delighted with the success and end result of the Living Art competition. The help and support from Livingroom is wonderful, and the funds will be key in helping Guernsey’s young people.”


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