TALENTED young artists from across the county and beyond recently displayed their work at the annual Junior Schools’ Art Exhibition, hosted by Malvern St James Girls’ School (MSJ).

The exhibition brought together pupils from 13 schools – Abberley Hall School, Airthrie School, Berkhampstead School, both Cheltenham, The Bluecoat School, Birmingham, Bosbury CE Primary School, Ledbury, The Croft Preparatory School, near Stratford, The Downs Malvern, The Elms School, Colwall, Hatherop Castle, Cirencester, Malvern St James Girls’ School, The Richard Pate School, Cheltenham, Stratford Preparatory School and Suckley School, near Worcester.

The school said the standard of work was extremely high and included family portraits, aboriginal art, paintings inspired by famous artists and 3D work including pottery rabbits, clay work based on the Ancient Greeks, a colourful wire dragonfly and a striking installation based on Oliver Jeffers’s book, Lost and Found, complete with the boy, his penguin, a bright umbrella and a sea of hand-felted fish.

Worcester-based artist Karen Stone was the exhibition judge, who chose winners for each year.

The winner of the ‘Best in Exhibition’ prize was Kirsty Thomson from The Croft Preparatory School, in Stratford-upon-Avon. Kirsty’s winning work of art was a charcoal piece entitled Still Life.

Mrs Olivera Raraty, MSJ’s headmistress said: “The Junior School’s Art Exhibition was a huge success and we were delighted that over 300 people came to see the artwork on display. It was so inspiring and encouraging to see all that talent and we hope that the event will inspire all the children who visited to embrace their creativity.”