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7th June 2018


A Birmingham student has been chosen to have her work hung in a local gallery alongside paintings by Bob Dylan and Ronnie Wood.

10-year old Alice Collins from Woodhouse Primary Academy in Quinton was named winner of Castle Fine Art’s ‘Young Fine Artist’ competition, designed to encourage the next generation of artistic talent.

The competition challenged pupils to come up with recreations of work by their favourite artist from the gallery.

This comes following an earlier visit, when 15 budding artists from the school were invited to go on a tour of the gallery in The Mailbox. Art consultant, Justine Morsa, taught them about the history of the artists, their inspirations and techniques to inspire pupils as they undergo their own art studies at school.

Alice’s winning artwork inspired by Bob Dylan has been mounted using the same unique process and materials used for the artist’s paintings.  It will be displayed in the gallery for a month, and she was also presented with £100 worth of vouchers to spend at leading art supply store, Cass Art.

Abbie Lewis, teacher at Woodhouse Primary Academy, said: “This has been a fantastic project for the children to be involved in and they thoroughly enjoyed visiting the gallery and learning about the artists and artwork on display.

“The children put so much effort into their designs and the competition has left them feeling motivated to put their creative skills into practice back at school.’’

Justine Morsa, art consultant at Castle Fine Art, The Mailbox, said: “It was wonderful to welcome the children from Woodhouse Primary Academy to the gallery to learn about our artists.

“It’s clear to see how much time and thought Alice gave to the winning painting and I’m sure Bob Dylan would be thrilled to see her interpretation of his work.”