Children take part in the Kendal Museum art and photography competition

DOZENS of young people got creative for a museum competition by exploring the positive aspects of lockdown and celebrating all things nature.

The Kendal Museum invited 38 local primary schools to take part in an art and photography competition celebrating all things nature and wildlife last month.

The children were invited to draw, paint or photograph everything they had seen and experienced during the weeks of confinement.

“We were overwhelmed by the response and delighted to receive so many entries from local children,” said Michael Bult, director of the Kendal Museum.

“They all worked very hard and were so imaginative; they should all be very proud of their work.”

The community competition aimed to encourage children to focus on the few positive aspects of confinement; going on local walks with their parents, watching birds through their windows and getting to know nature.

Scarlett, 9, said: ‘During the lockdown I was inspired to take pictures of the ducks who seemed to be having a lot of fun.

The contest entry deadline was June 19 and will soon be featured in a special exhibit for all to enjoy.

The winners of both age groups in each category will receive prizes from contest sponsors Youdells Art Shop and Morrisons supermarket.

James Bell, a renowned photographer of the lakes, will judge the photographs.

Claire Griffel, a local artist, photographer and storyteller, will judge the artistic entries, alongside Mat Butler, local artist and creative director of Cumbria charity Space2Create.

Parents, guardians and the general public were also encouraged to vote for their personal favorites while viewing the exhibit.

Entries for the competition will be on display during the summer holidays in the Kendal Museum’s exhibition gallery from July 8 and will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, Thursday to Saturday.

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