Young artists can win fantastic prizes by entering a Sheffield painter’s competition during lockdown – and it’s raising money for hero nurses

A Sheffield artist who is one of the country’s leading painters of portraits is encouraging children to get creative during lockdown for a major competition in aid of health workers.

Wednesday, 15th April 2020, 11:00 am

Lorna May Wadsworth, whose recent retrospective exhibition attracted 16,000 visitors to the Graves Gallery, has teamed up with renowned framing company Bourlet and art dealer Philip Mould for the Bourlet Young Masters contest.

Entrants need to be aged under 12 – all they are required to do is draw any image they like, before posting a picture of it on Instagram using the hashtag #bourletyoungmasters.

Young artists can work with anything from paint and pencils to crayons or charcoal.

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The winner will have their artwork set in a handmade frame and hung alongside genuine Old Master paintings at the Philip Mould Gallery in Pall Mall, London. They will also get the chance to go on a paid trip to London with their family to see the painting in situ, along with £150 of spending money and £150 of vouchers to use at the art supplies retailer Cass Art.

The competition has been backed by well-known figures including comedian Lenny Henry, author Neil Gaiman, and actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry, who gave the contest a fitting tagline: ‘From the family fridge to national recognition'.

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While Young Masters is free to enter, those taking part are encouraged to donate to the Cavell Nurses’ Trust via a Just Giving page on Bourlet’s website. The charity, established in 1917, helps nurses with financial, physical or mental health issues.

A Young Masters entrant with her picture.

“If you have any little ones in the family who are running amok, you might be interested in this art prize I have helped put together for under 12s,” said Lorna.

“The plan is to get kids busy creating during lockdown whilst raising money for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust. We are hoping to raise 10,000 for their relief fund for nurses affected by Covid-19. They are a small charity doing crucial work to take care of the carers. You don’t have to enter the competition to contribute so please give what you can and spread the word to help us raise our target of £10,000.”

Lorna grew up in Sheffield, spending much of her childhood in Ecclesfield, and started out aged 14 by making a picture of Jarvis Cocker for the Pulp star's grandmother. She has since set up her easel in front of heavyweight sitters ranging from politicians Tony Blair and David Blunkett to actor Derek Jacobi, and was the final person commissioned to paint Margaret Thatcher from life.

Bourlet has been framing artworks for nearly 200 years – Picasso, Matisse and Monet all have artworks complemented by their frames – while Philip is familiar to TV viewers as the art expert and investigator on the BBC show Fake or Fortune, which he presents alongside Fiona Bruce.

A picture by a Young Masters entrant.

The closing date is May 1, and the winner will be announced on May 5. Visit http://www.bourlet.co.uk/bourlet-young-masters/ to find out more or go to https://www.instagram.com/bourletyoungmasters/ to see the entries so far.

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A Young Masters entrant with his drawing.
GAZE: A Retrospective of Portraits by Lorna May Wadsworth, showcased over 100 of her most striking images at the Graves Gallery. Picture: Chris Etchells