BLUE REEF WINNERS SEE FISH DESIGNS TURNED IN TO GLASS WORKS OF ART

A group of seven schoolchildren have seen their aquatic-inspired designs transformed in to glass artworks as part of a competition at Newquay’s Blue Reef Aquarium.

The Towan Promenade wildlife attraction launched a special competition inspired by the town’s recent Art8 culture and art festival.

As part of the event local artist Helen Eastham temporarily transformed the aquarium in to an underwater gallery for a selection of her glass works created especially for Blue Reef.

Local schoolchildren were also invited to come up with their own aquatic designs with the winners having their fishy creations turned in to glass art by Helen.

Blue Reef’s Sophia Medine said: “The competition was a massive success, we had literally hundreds of entries from the six local schools that took part.

“Every school that entered were given their own Rockpool Roadshow featuring everything from starfish, shore crabs and even sea cucumbers to inspire the youngsters and we were all hugely impressed with the high standard of designs.

“It was incredibly difficult to pick the winners but in the end we managed to get down to a shortlist of seven who each had their designs made in to glass by Helen and also received a certificate and a family ticket to visit the aquarium,” she added.

The winners were: Chloe Taylor from Summercourt Academy, Lucus Rowse and Daisy Slater from St Newlyn East Primary School, Matthew Hough from St Agnes Primary School, Evie Daniels from St Columb Minor Academy, Jay Thomas from Cubert Primary School and Isaac Varga from Treviglas College.

Issued by Blue Reef Aquarium. For more information and to arrange interviews and picture opportunities please contact Sophia Medine or Steve Matchett on 01637 878134.