Winner Bird Taylor (centre) with the Mayor of Stockport, Cllr Graham Greenhalgh, and Mayoress Carol Greenhalgh.
Designed to showcase the talent of residents across the borough, the Real Public Art Show exhibits pieces that depict life in Stockport, and includes everything from paint to poetry and cross-stitch.
Visitors to the exhibition were able to vote for their favourite piece in the ‘People’s Choice Awards’, with both an adults and children’s category up for grabs.
Now, the winners of the public vote have been announced by Councillor Graham Greenhalgh, the Mayor of Stockport, in a ceremony at the Stockport War Memorial Art Gallery on Saturday 2nd September. A huge 1298 votes were cast by visitors to the exhibition between 29th July – 31st August.
Bird Taylor claimed the top prize in the adults category, with her piece ‘Threshold, Edgeley Garden’, a beautiful depiction of life in her home in Edgeley. Bird also claimed the Michael Hartley-Rose Awards presented by Stockport Art Guild.
‘Threshold, Edgeley Garden’ by Bird Taylor
Miriam Jennings took home the children’s category winner title. Her piece, ‘My Town’, is a striking silhouette of Stockport’s skyline, featuring key landmarks like the Hatworks museum and the Market Hall.
Children’s category winner Miriam Jennings with Mayor of Stockport Cllr Graham Greenhalgh and Mayoress Carol Greenhalgh
Both took home an £100 Hobbycraft voucher so that they can continue to create fantastic art.
Congratulations to the runners up in the competition, who won £50 and £25 Hobbycraft vouchers respectively. Dave Jobling’s ‘Iconic Stockport’ and Nicolas Granville with ‘St Mary’s Church, Stockport’ took the second and third places in the adults category, with Sophie Barratt’s ‘Pear Mill’ and Jess Evans’ ‘The Frogs are Back’ claiming these spots in the Children’s category.
‘My Town’ by Miriam Jennings
The Real Public Art Show runs until 21st September, and is free to visit. Part of the wider programme of Stockport Town of Culture events, the art show links to the Stockport Makes pillar of the programme.
The art displays also include hundreds of Stockport Children’s art work, all completed as part of a library competition to win your height in books. The artwork is themed around this year’s shortlisted new UK fiction books which Stockport children voted on. They choose their favourites and then the winning authors were crowned winners at the annual grand ceremony at the ballroom.
Councillor Frankie Singleton, Cabinet Member for Communities, Culture and Sport at Stockport Council, commented: “Congratulations to the winners and runners up of the People’s Choice Award! The Real Public Art Show features some fascinating pieces which really encapsulate life in Stockport: it’s well worth a visit if you haven’t already! Thanks to everyone who voted for their favourite, it was a narrow competition.”
September is set to be a busy month for Stockport under the four pillars of the Town of Culture programme: Stockport Makes, Moves, Sounds and Tastes. With projects like La Boca to La Stocka, a wealth of free heritage open days to enjoy and lots more upcoming events in the pipeline, it’s a really exciting time for the town.
To watch a video captured of the Real Public Art Show, visit the Town of Culture website.