Pupils’ picture perfect tribute to artist Peter

Hundreds of students, their friends and families visited the opening of an exhibition at the Smith Art Gallery, Brighouse, dedicated to the memory of artist Peter Brook.

The sixth Peter Brook Art Prize exhibition attracted entrants from Rastrick High School and Brooksbank school, Elland.

Peter, who died in 2009 at the age of 81, 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.

His widow, Molly, and his daughter, Alison Booth, attended the exhibition to present the prizes and talk to the students about their exhibits.

Individual prizes were presented to Rastrick High School student Kelsey Gale with her sculptures of animal heads and skulls and Ben Jackson, of Brooksbank School, Elland, with his flower photographs.

The overall award went to Rastrick High School’s sixth form.

Jeffrey Andrews, of Calderdale museums and galleries, said: “We had hundreds of people through the doors at the exhibition opening - lots of proud parents and grandparents - and there was a lovely atmosphere.

“The judges were very impressed with the high standard of work on show and the gallery walls were packed with stunning paintings and photographs.

“The Art Prize is a fitting way to remember Peter and his contribution to painting. There was some really strong art work on show and, yet again, the students from local schools made a great contribution to a fine exhibition.

“Peter was keen to support young artists at the outset of their careers and we hope this will continue with the Art Prize in his name.”

The exhibition will run until Saturday, March 15.