Art initiative looking for some respect

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YOUNG urban artists are being encouraged to interpret what the word ‘respect’ means to them using an original design.

Northumberland County Council is challenging youngsters between the ages of nine and 16 to produce an original piece of artwork for the chance to win an iPod.

Five finalists in each of three age categories – nine to ten, 11 to 12 and 13 to 16 – will compete in a live urban art final on October 21, when they will produce their designs on giant billboards.

One winner and one runner-up will be chosen from each category and the three overall winners will each win an Apple iPod.

Their designs will also be used as the backdrop to the ‘RESPECT’ programme across Northumberland.

All six winning pieces of artwork will then be displayed in the public protection building at Northumberland County Council in Morpeth.

Public protection and highways and neighbourhood services is running the Urban Art competition in conjunction with the Safer Northumberland Partnership.

RESPECT is an ongoing joint initiative to promote citizenship and respect for others amongst school age children.

Vickie Barrington, head of public protection at Northumberland County Council, said: “We want to encourage young people to think about what the word ‘respect’ means to them and use their creativity to interpret the theme.

“I’m looking forward to seeing some inspiring artwork.”

Initial designs should be submitted on A3 size paper, to Urban Art Competition, Public Protection Building, Loansdean, Morpeth, Northumberland NE61 2AP, by September 23.

For an application form visit www.northumberland.gov.uk/urban or e-mail urbanart@northumberland.gov.uk

The prizes are being donated by SCC (Specialist Computer Centres) working in partnership with Northumberland County Council.