April 13, 2024

Schoolchildren’s artwork on display at County Hall, Ruthin

Artwork created by Denbighshire pupils and inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is on display.

A staggering 1,552 entries were received across 7 competition categories, ranging from ages 5-14, in the Denbighshire Curriculum Enrichment Wonderland competition in partnership with North Wales theatrical production company Magic Light Productions.

Now more than 350 pieces of art, design, photography, creative writing, ‘Wonder-licious’ smoothie recipes and TripAdvisor reviews are on display to family members at The Cheshire Cat Gallery: Wonderland Exhibition at Denbighshire County Council Headquarters, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN, until 12 July 2019.

To launch the event 21 prize-winners from the competition were invited, by Royal Decree of The Queen of Hearts, to an Alice Awards Ceremony and private viewing of the exhibition.

The afternoon culminated in a very special tea party with Alice, the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter and the Queen herself as well as some tricky riddles, flying card games and ‘Musical Kings and Queens’.

Sarah Dixon, the Council’s Curriculum Enrichment Co-ordinator, said:

“I’d like to thank all the students who took part in the competition, the standard of work was very high and pupils really were engaged with the subject.

“The underlying messages in Alice in Wonderland are about personal growth and development.  Growing up is about learning who we are and what we stand for and what we want to achieve in life.  It’s about using our talents and learning to be the best we can be.”

Each year, since 2014, Denbighshire Curriculum Enrichment has brought the excitement of an annual themed Enrichfest festival to schools, whereby competitions, workshops, takeovers and showcase performances have engaged children and young people in learning across the curriculum creatively in new and innovative ways.

Alice in Denbighshire, the Cheshire Cat Gallery: Wonderland Exhibition, Denbighshire County Council HQ, County Hall, Wynnstay Road, Ruthin, LL15 1YN, 15 May-12 July 2019, Open Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm to schoolchildren whose work is displayed and their family members.