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A teacher from Wirral has been crowned the winner of a major arts competition celebrating a love of Liverpool.

Art teacher Simon Worth’s digital depiction of a Liver Bird - complete with hidden iconic images of the city adorning its wings, feathers, legs and claws - scooped the prestigious £1,000 first prize

 

My Liverpool was run by the Liverpool Empire Theatre Trust in conjunction with the Liverpool ECHO and attracted more than 200 entries.

Eighteen finalists gathered at the Empire for the celebration of their work and the award of 15 certificates of merit as well as two runners up prizes of £500.

Simon’s evocative portrait of a giant red liver bird was entitled ‘More than a Bird’.

The teacher at Oldershaw Academy, in Wallasey , who lives in Upton, said upon receiving his award from ECHO Editor Alastair Machray: “I’ve been involved in art for a long time and I had the idea to put the skyline in the wings of the Liver Bird a long time ago.

“Then the My Liverpool competition came up and provided the opportunity for me to create that design for a unique concept.

“I wanted to include many things that Liverpool is well known for and unite that as one in something which I believe is like a symbol of Liverpool - the Liver Bird.

“I also wanted it to replicate the unity Liverpool has as a city as well, so everything is as one.”

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A teacher from Wirral has been crowned the winner of a major arts competition celebrating a love of Liverpool.

Art teacher Simon Worth’s digital depiction of a Liver Bird - complete with hidden iconic images of the city adorning its wings, feathers, legs and claws - scooped the prestigious £1,000 first prize

 

My Liverpool was run by the Liverpool Empire Theatre Trust in conjunction with the Liverpool ECHO and attracted more than 200 entries.

Eighteen finalists gathered at the Empire for the celebration of their work and the award of 15 certificates of merit as well as two runners up prizes of £500.

Simon’s evocative portrait of a giant red liver bird was entitled ‘More than a Bird’.

The teacher at Oldershaw Academy, in Wallasey , who lives in Upton, said upon receiving his award from ECHO Editor Alastair Machray: “I’ve been involved in art for a long time and I had the idea to put the skyline in the wings of the Liver Bird a long time ago.

“Then the My Liverpool competition came up and provided the opportunity for me to create that design for a unique concept.

“I wanted to include many things that Liverpool is well known for and unite that as one in something which I believe is like a symbol of Liverpool - the Liver Bird.

“I also wanted it to replicate the unity Liverpool has as a city as well, so everything is as one.”

Echo editor-in-chief Alastair Machray told the event audience: “It was a privilege and a headache too for us judges to see so many diverse pieces of art through so many different styles - that became the headache.

“How do we separate them? How do we split them split them? And how do you find a winner from so much amazing creativity?

“But we got there and felt the winner we chose had truly grasped the brief. And that brief was to communicate through art a passion for this amazing city in which we live.”

Runners-up prizes were awarded to Dr Sue Ruben, from Wavertree, and also Lee O’Brien, an art teacher and illustrator from Waterloo.

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Sue’s poem entitled ‘Hope Street Help’ touched on the growing plight of the homeless and the collective, compassionate response which Liverpool people always provide to those in need and distress. It cleverly used the Beatles famous song ‘Help’ as its inspiration.

Sue received her award from Radio City Station Manager Vicki Allison, one of the My Liverpool judging panel.

Lee’’s acrylic painting ‘Love Scouse’ depicted a bowl of the city's signature dish filled with colourful, iconic Liverpool ingredients - and shaping a salt and pepper pot in the style of the Radio City Tower and the old ‘lock up’ police building from the crest of Everton FC.

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Said former Radio Merseyside DJ Billy Butler, also a judge who presented Lee with his award: “The entries summed up all those great things about Merseyside: they were presented with vision, with humour and with affection.

“And it was such a pleasure being one of the judges and seeing the talent in our city and thinking to yourself, ‘Yes - we are great - we always have been great’…just look at that!”

Empire Theatre Trust Chairman Terry Smith added: “We were overwhelmed by the number and the standard of entries we received for My Liverpool.

“I’d like to thank everyone who took part, as well as Ali, Billy and Vicki for helping us judge the entries. It has been an enormously difficulty job for them I know.”