THERE was a tight contest at the Visual And Literary Arts Festival where pupils from junior and senior schools in the country were awarded various prizes.
The prize-giving ceremony was held at Jubilee Hall at Hartmann House on Saturday courtesy of the National Institute of Allied Arts (NIIA).
The literary festival attracted a total of 2 177 entries from 40 junior schools and 25 senior schools from around the country.
Entries were graded on a scale from honours (for outstanding work) to ungraded (for work judged to be below festival standard).
National award winners were chosen from those graded at honours level.
This year, the institute awarded two floating trophies for best junior and best senior writer respectively.
The winners are James Wakefield of Gateway Primary in the junior section and Tadiwa Gwede of St Ignatius in the senior section.
The Visual Arts Festival received 2 183 entries from 45 junior and 13 senior schools . This year the judges in the senior categories were renowned artist and sculptor Wayne Stutchbury, wildlife artist Sarah Bentley. In the junior categories, the judging was carried out by Debbie Ferreira and Di Bentley.
A total of 142 entries received an Honours grade (up from 101 in 2012) and from this group prize winners were selected
As with the literary section, NIIA awarded two floating trophies for best junior and best senior artist respectively.
These were presented to William Tucker a Grade 7 student at St John’s Prep School for the junior section and David de Jong of St John’s College.
Festival director Laurin Cawood said: “The junior school work was vibrant and showed enthusiasm and wonderful creativity, in particular in the ‘carnival’ question in category 4 (Grades 5 and 6). The senior work was approached thoughtfully, and there are pieces that show mature concepts and advanced creativity.”