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Art Scilly 'Paint the Day' winners revealed

The winners of Art Scilly's inaugural Paint the Day competition have been announced.

Jacob Kerssemakers

The Islands' Partnership described the event as an "outstanding success" after receiving more than 100 entries on St. Mary’s, including around 50 from the Five Islands School.

Paint the Day, supported by Scilly’s Creative Islands team, took place on Saturday May 12th, the first day of this year’s Art Scilly festival.

Entries had to be completed during an eight-hour time window on Saturday. They were then displayed at an exhibition at the Church Pavilion on Sunday and Monday, when the winners of the competition were judged and announced following the end of the public vote.

The joint Children's Judges' prize went to Hallie Shave (right) for 'Shark's Pit' and Poppy Jackson for 'Scilly View'. Both took home £50.

The Judges’ prize (£100) was won by visitor Jacob Kerssemakers from the Netherlands for 'Porthcressa Bay Panorama', while the Public prize (£75) went to Steve Hicks for 'Silver Cloud'.

Jacob, from The Hague, had travelled to Scilly for the World Pilot Gig Championships. He then decided to stay for Art Scilly.

He said: “Paint the Day was a lovely, well-organised event and I feel privileged to have been awarded the jury prize, I also really enjoyed getting in touch with all the other people taking part and appreciating their creations. I hope next year I can join in again after the gig weekend, just like this year!”

Creative Islands Project Coordinator Jeremy Brown said: “We’re absolutely thrilled by the response we’ve had - from artists and supporters alike - to this inaugural Paint the Day competition and by the incredibly high standards set.

Poppy Jackson

“As one comment in the exhibition’s guest book noted, it was ‘a brilliant way to bring all different ages and talents together to enjoy and interpret Scilly’. The judges found it impossible to choose between Poppy and Hallie’s paintings, so they were both awarded the children’s prize, whilst Jacob’s Paint the Day representation - a black inked scroll of Porthcressa Bay - was simply outstanding.

"And of course, we’re delighted for Steve Hicks picking up the public prize since painting is a relatively new hobby for him having only recently retired as a boatman. All the paintings from last Saturday are a lasting memory for Scilly on 12th May 2018.”

'Silver Cloud'

Paint the Day is taking place with school children on St. Martin’s today, while the rest of Art Scilly continues until Saturday (May 19th).

This year, the festival has been supported by Creative Islands, one of 16 national Cultural Destinations projects funded by Arts Council England which 'aim to encourage partnerships between the cultural and visitor economies, thereby enabling culture to become a prominent part of the visitor offer'.

Read Jacob's personal description of his Porthcressa Bay Panorama and the technique he used below:


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