Fifth art prize honours Peter’s legacy
Creative students have helped to make the fifth Peter Brook Art Prize the best yet.
Young artists and their families crowded into the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, to receive their prizes and view the winning exhibits.
The prize is awarded in memory of the Brighouse artist Peter Brook who died in 2009 at the age of 81.
Peter taught art at Sowerby Bridge Grammar School before becoming a full-time artist in his 40s. He was passionate about the landscape of the Yorkshire Pennines and was very supportive of young artists in his home town.
Taking part in this year’s exhibition were students from Hipperholme Grammar School, Rastrick High Sixth Form, Brooksbank School in Elland and Brighouse High School.
Individual prizes were awarded to Natalie Angus of Hipperholme Grammar School, Matthew Stead of Brooksbank and Mary Ingle of Rastrick High Sixth Form. The overall award went to Hipperholme Grammar School.
The exhibition was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Calderdale Coun Christine Beal and the prizes were awarded by Peter’s widow Mrs Molly Brook and their daughter Alison Booth.
Jeffrey Andrews, of Calderdale musuems and galleries, said: “This was the biggest event of its kind so far. The work of 52 young artists was on show and more than 150 visitors came to the preview on Saturday.
“Support for the prize has built up over the past five years. It is a fitting way to remember Peter’s legacy and I feel sure the standard of work on show would have impressed him.”
The exhibits included paintings, photography and sculpture. Judges were particularly impressed with work submitted by Hipperholme Grammar School students , influenced by Russian artist Kandinsky and Yorkshire artist Tony Broadbent.
The exhibition is on show until March 16.
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