You’re under art-rest! Ely’s budding artists asked to create materpieces for bare station walls in ArtReach competition

Art Reach 2016 is launched, Sergeant Phil Priestley, at Ely Police Station, where the work will be d

Art Reach 2016 is launched, Sergeant Phil Priestley, at Ely Police Station, where the work will be displayed, - Credit: Archant

Sergeant Phil Priestley has asked talented youngsters from East Cambridgeshire to “search within themselves for inspiration” and come up with vibrant and creative pieces of art to brighten up Ely police station.

Staff at the police station are wanting to brighten up the white walls of the Nutholt Lane station by launching the ArtReach 2016 competition.

The competition is accepting entries in any medium that can be wall mounted, in four categories, and those entering the competition must live in East Cambridgeshire.

The categories are:

• 11 – 13 years

• 14 – 16 years

• 17 – 18 years

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• Entrants with learning difficulties or disabilities not defined by their age.

The theme for the competition, sponsored by digital art tool manufacturer Huion, is ‘mood or emotion,’ and the winners will win a prize of an arts tablet.

The winners will be judged by a panel including Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Graham Bright, Chief Constable Alec Wood, City of Ely Mayor Liz Avery and Professor Jean Michel Massing from Cambridge University’s Department of Art History.

The four category winners will be awarded at a reception at Kings School in Ely on April 7.

Sgt Phil Priestley said: “We’re delighted to launch this exciting new competition that will demonstrate the talent of young people in East Cambridgeshire.

“All of the art work submitted will be displayed through social media so that everyone can enjoy it and every shortlisted piece will be displayed in the police station.

“The theme of the competition is mood or emotion - and we would ask all of our artists to focus their composition on conveying or displaying a mood or emotion.

“We want the art to reflect the young people in the area and in the community and we want them to search within themselves for inspiration,” he said.

People wanting to enter the competition can send their work to Ely Police Station in Nutholt Lane or alternatively email a digital photo to

All entries should include the name and contact detail of the entrant and be marked ‘ArtReach 2016.’