Dreams Come True In Wisbech – 17 Sep 14
The competition, launched last month, asked under 17s to design their fantasy shop to win a prize package of “a family night out in Wisbech town centre”. The prize consisted of tickets to the Luxe Cinema, Wisbech’s very own independent family-run venue, as well as a family bundle meal voucher for the new Burger King in the Horsefair Shopping Centre.
There were three age categories; 6 and under, 7 to 11 and 12 to 16. The 6 and under group was won by Bronwyn Morgan, aged 5 for her dress and flag shop. Daniel Madsen, aged 9, won the 7 to 11 category with his pet shop, and Leah Cousins aged 13 won the oldest group with her dress shop called “Bows”.
Kevin Smith, Manager of the Horsefair, where the shop designs were displayed said: “We enjoyed seeing the town’s children take part in the competition. The standard was really high and the judges found it difficult to choose the overall winners. Maybe one day the children will start their dream shops here in the Horsefair!”
The judges, Ian Milburn who holds art classes at Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, and Margaret Milburn, a textile artist who displayed a wall hanging at the Art Space in May during the Arts Festival, were very impressed with all the entries. They found it difficult to choose!
However, they particularly liked Bronwyn’s shop name and design, saying she’d thought of an interesting idea and that the dress was a wearable design; Daniel’s Pet Shop showed detailed work and that he had thought of a story behind the shop (the glass in the door and windows is broken!), and put a lot of effort into the design and contents; Leah’s shop was chosen as she had not only created a neat and interesting piece of art, with a sense of space and details such as a table in the window, but had added a name and logo, tying in colours and design features. Lorena Hodgson, curator of the Art Space, said “The details in the winning entries, and the highly commended shops, showed how much thought and effort the children had gone to. It was a lovely competition, and I’m glad I didn’t have to judge it! Thanks to all the children who entered.”
Here’s some more photos of entries: