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Third Burntwood Open Art Exhibition opens

Celia Houghton's rag doll

Celia Houghton's rag doll

The work of artists from Burntwood has gone on display.

The third Burntwood Open Art Exhibition is taking place at Chase Terrace Technology College with a number of works based around the theme of Childhood.

The event is running every day at the college from 10am to 4pm, until August 7.

More than 150 people attended the opening, to see the art on display and to find out who had won the coveted prizes for the best artwork in the three categories – children, amateur and professional.

Councillor Bernard Derrick, Vice Chairman of Lichfield District Council and Chairman of Lichfield District Arts Partnership, opened the exhibition and presented the awards to the winners. He said:

“I was proud to open the exhibition and was taken aback by the quality of the work on display. The theme of childhood clearly inspired our local artists and they obviously had a lot of fun reliving their past. I was also very impressed with the school pupils who created wonderful pieces for the children’s exhibition.

“Well done to all the winners and runners up, and to everyone who entered artwork – you made the judges’ final decision very difficult. A huge thank you must go to everyone who has made this exhibition such a success. Finally, I would urge everyone who has not visited yet to catch it while you can.”

Organiser Celia Houghton, Arts Development Officer for Lichfield District Council, exhibited her own work at the event – a life size rag doll created with images from her childhood.

She explained:

“I wanted to portray my childhood through my experiences, activities and the things I created. I took the rag doll design from the My Fun to Sew book, which was given to me as a child. I enlarged the pattern so it is almost adult size to represent me as a grown up.

“I found creating the doll very cathartic and hope people enjoy seeing it as much as I enjoyed making it.”

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