Bury in Bloom art competition proves a big success

Mike Ames and Brian Cash from Bury In Bloom at Guildhall Feoffment School in Bury, judging artwork for the Bury In Bloom competition. Kids clockwise from bottom left are Georgie Johnston, Chloe Austin, Jessica Burton, Maia Fox, Lois Whyand, Claire Shafer and Maisie Furnell.
Mike Ames and Brian Cash from Bury In Bloom at Guildhall Feoffment School in Bury, judging artwork for the Bury In Bloom competition. Kids clockwise from bottom left are Georgie Johnston, Chloe Austin, Jessica Burton, Maia Fox, Lois Whyand, Claire Shafer and Maisie Furnell.
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TO CELEBRATE its 25th anniversary Bury in Bloom launched an art competition for schools in Bury St Edmunds.

In previous years children have taken part in scarecrow or decorated dustbin competitions but this year’s competition, based on the theme of Bury in Bloom, proved most popular, with 358 works of art submitted from eight different schools around the town.

Mike Ames, who judged the entries on Tuesday, said: “I’m a retired art master and I was very impressed by the variety of media that the children involved in their imagination, and the stimulus, while of course Bury in Bloom, came from various processes from famous artists.

“A lot of thought went into the work, it was very interesting.”

The best three pieces from each school and the best three pieces overall will be announced next week. In July they will be displayed in a shop unit in the arc and in September the winning children will receive awards.

Bury in Bloom rose to its own challenge last week when asked to find enough bedding plants to fill an eight metre long trough, put up over the front doors of the Abbeygate Picturehouse, in Hatter Street, as part of the cinema’s refurbishment.

Displays like the cinema’s will be seen by senior judges next week when they visit Bury, which was selected from towns and cities across the UK to be the RHS Britain in Bloom Training Partner 2011.