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Roald Dahl charity helps judge local art competition

26 November 2013

The charity that was inspired by world famous childrens author Roald Dahl is helping to judge the winners of a local school arts competition.

Roald Dahls Marvellous Childrens Charity will help to judge the 2nd Annual North West School Arts Competition run by local law firm Browne Jacobson.

Roald Dahls Marvellous Childrens Charity exists to improve the lives of seriously ill and disabled children across the UK. They focus on helping those who have the biggest needs and who aren't being supported by anyone else. Their marvellous work includes the provision of Roald Dahl childrens nurses, the support of families in financial crisis caring for sick children and help to pioneer nurse-led research.

As part of its role the charity will also work with Browne Jacobson in nominating hospitals across the North West who will display some of the winning entries in this years competition.

Deb Gascoyne, Major Gifts Fundraiser at Roald Dahls Marvellous Childrens Charity stated:

"Were absolutely thrilled to be working with Browne Jacobson and the North West Schools Art Competition 2014. Roald Dahl inspired many children with his work and this is exactly what this art competition will do for young people in the North West of England.

"We are pleased to be a part of the exhibition and excited to see what masterpieces are created. It is fantastic to be working with Browne Jacobson to see this creativeness at work and to raise funds and awareness for the charity through this event."

Dominic Swift, Education Partner at Browne Jacobson, added:

"We are absolutely delighted to have Roald Dahls Marvellous Childrens Charity join us. It was Roald Dahls creative imagination which has transformed his books into classics all around the world and we hope that some of that fantastic imagination will inspire local school children when they come to sit down and illustrate what their local city, town or village will look like in the year 2100."

A representative from the charity will be part of a three strong judging panel that also includes Philip Hodgkinson and Martin Impey.

Philip Hodgkinson, along with John Holder, compiled the book Good Old Drawing: G.O.D. He is a passionate amateur draughtsman and a firm believer in the importance of creativity in all aspects of life. Good Old Drawing is a celebration of drawing that brings together the work of a hundred well-known artists and illustrators including Quentin Blake. The book has enabled him to discover why drawing is a daily necessity for many, putting together a breadth of artistic talent whilst unearthing his deep-seated belief in the fundamental importance of art.

Martin Impey has been a freelance illustrator for over 20 years during which time he has worked on a huge variety of exciting and creative projects from childrens books, toys and games, to magazine editorials, television commercials, animation, packaging, greetings products and character development. His most recent works include illustrating Michael Morpurgos War Horse and a collaboration with renowned writer Hilary Robinson for a new childrens book Where The Poppies Now Grow (a moving and emotional picture book set in World War 1 - due out March 2014). Later in 2014 he will be releasing a second childrens book with Hilary entitled The Christmas Truce - where peace found a place.

The North West School Arts Competition, which attracted over 100 entries from schools across the region last year and is open to all primary and secondary schools in the North West. This year pupils are being asked to create inspirational pieces of art that encapsulates what their city, town or village will look like in the year 2100. The deadline for entries is Monday 3 February 2014. Further details can be accessed by going to www.education-advisors.com/north-west-schools-art-competition-2014

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