Lockdown Art Contest brings stunning entries from as far away as Australia – and designs for our fundraising!
We decided to launch an art contest during Lockdown – and what an incredible response we got. Entries came from as far away as Australia! Paintings, sketches, models and even a pavement chalk picture depicting the life and times of the Big House were created by supporters aged from two to 75. What a talented bunch our supporters are! Many got arty to pass time during the pandemic. Others seized the chance to showcase earlier Wentworth Woodhouse-inspired creations. The top entry – which will soon be emblazoned proudly across the front of the Preservation Trust’s first-ever fundraising T-shirt – had been gathering dust in an attic for 13 years!
Rawmarsh mum Zoe Rowbottom created the stylish graphic as a 20-year-old design student at Sheffield’s Norton College. A life-long fan of the house, she grew up in Elsecar with a view of Hoober Stand. Now working at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield, she remembered she had stashed her design in the attic when she heard about the contest. “I can’t believe it is now going to be helping the Trust working hard to restore the place,” said Zoe.
Tankersley textile design student Ellie Fisher’s entry is going to be used on an entire product range for the gift shop. It is a first commission for Ellie, who is in her final weeks at Leeds Arts University. Her intricate repeat-print features scenes from the house and grounds.
Bury artist Glenn Jones, 48, won first prize in the over 18s group with his digitally created image of the Marble Saloon floor. He’s been a fan of Wentworth since his partner, who lives in Rotherham, took him to see the house three years ago.
Ellen Stockdale, aged 16, from The Brecks, Rotherham, took first prize in the 13-18 group with a detailed watercolour of the house’s Palladian East Front.
Seven-year-old Lucy Redfern, of Wiltshire, was another winner. Lucy, whose grandparents live in Brampton Bierlow, created a huge model of the house from cardboard.
Reggie Small, aged four, from Mexborough, was our youngest winner. He spent FOUR DAYS perfecting his winning painting of the house!“
We now plan to ensure every entry goes on show at the house. After all, throughout history the stately home been renowned for its artworks! An exhibition of all the entries is planned for September… pandemic restrictions permitting.