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This year’s inaugural Paint the Day on Scilly has been hailed an outstanding success with more than 100 entries on St. Mary’s (including around 50 students from the Five Islands School). The event took place last Saturday, 12th May, the first day of this year’s Art Scilly festival.

Supported by Scilly’s Creative Islands team, Paint the Day paintings had to be completed during an 8-hour time window on Saturday. They were then displayed at an exhibition at the Church Pavilion on Sunday and Monday when the winners of the competition were judged and announced following the end of the public vote.

The winners of Paint the Day 2018 are:
  • Joint children’s judges’ prize: Hallie Shave for Shark’s Pit, and Poppy Jackson for Scilly View
  • Judges’ prize: Jacob Kerssemakers for Porthcressa Bay Panorama
  • Public prize: Steve Hicks for Silver Cloud.

Hallie and Poppy each take home a prize of £50, Steve wins £75, whilst the overall winner, Jacob, who hails from The Hague and who had travelled to Scilly for the World Pilot Gig Championships and decided to extend his stay for Art Scilly, wins £100.

“Paint the Day was a lovely, well-organised event and I feel privileged to have been awarded the jury prize,” Jacob comments. “I also really enjoyed getting in touch with all the other people taking part and appreciating their creations. I hope next year I can join in again after the gig weekend, just like this year!” Jacob has even written a personal description of his Porthcressa Bay Panorama and the technique he used.

“We’re absolutely thrilled by the response we’ve had – from artists and supporters alike - to this inaugural Paint the Day competition and by the incredibly high standards set,” says Jeremy Brown, Creative Islands Project Coordinator. “As one comment in the exhibition’s guestbook noted, it was ‘a brilliant way to bring all different ages and talents together to enjoy and interpret Scilly’. The judges found it impossible to choose between Poppy and Hallie’s paintings, so they were both awarded the children’s prize, whilst Jacob’s Paint the Day presentation – a black inked scroll of Porthcressa Bay - was simply outstanding. And of course, we’re delighted for Steve Hicks picking up the public prize since painting is a relatively new hobby for him having only recently retired as a boatman. All the paintings from last Saturday are a lasting memory for Scilly on 12th May 2018.”

Art Scilly continues until Saturday with many more artistic workshops to enjoy. You can pick up a programme at the Tourist Information Centre or check out the Art Scilly workshops online.

This year, Art Scilly has been supported by Creative Islands, one of 16 national Cultural DDestinationsprojects funded by Arts Council England which aim to encourage partnerships between the cultural and visitor economies, thereby enabling culture to become a prominent part of the visitor offer.