Leeds schoolboy is picture perfect in art competition

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SCHOOLBOY Sam Gulley has proved he’s picture perfect after winning an art competition.

The 14-year-old Guiseley School pupil has won the Merrion Centre’s school art competition.

To mark the shopping centre’s 50th anniversary, local children were asked to design a logo that could be featured on celebratory material including anniversary bunting, to go on display at the centre.

Sam beat over 150 other entries and will be awarded an ipad mini at the centre’s 50th anniversary celebrations on May 26.

His school will also be given £250 for an art project.

As part of his prize, Sam spent a day at Leeds-based Tebays’ art studio, where he worked alongside a professional designer to help create his logo.

Charlotte Daisy Ziff, assistant asset manager at the Merrion Centre, said: “We’ve been astounded by the imagination and creativity of the children who have taken part and only being able to pick one winner from such a diverse and wide range of entries was a tough decision.

“The concept of Sam’s design really caught our attention. The focal point is a balloon, which we thought was the most celebratory entry we received, tying nicely into our desire to make our 50th all about fun and celebrations.”

Runners up Olivia Johnson and Andrew Longman from Guiseley School and Ayesha Butt from Bradford Girls Grammar School, have each won a £20 shopping voucher to spend in the Merrion Centre.

All entries also received a certificate for their involvement.

Nicole Sabau, member of The Youth Parliament and one of the judges, said: “I really enjoyed being a part of the judging panel, it gave me a chance to really value some of the wonderful talent that young people have in Leeds.”

All of the designs will be displayed at the Merrion Centre from May 26 until mid-July.

l The YEP has joined forces with the Merrion Centre to celebrate the milestone and find a new piece of artwork to go on display at the centre.

Aspiring artists can create a commemorative piece of work that captures the true spirit of Leeds and the Merrion Centre.

The winner will receive £1,000. Entrants must be aged over 16 and need to submit their work by May 18.

For details, e-mail 50years@merrioncentre.co.uk.

Dr Tom Dobson, course director at Leeds Beckett University.

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