About the celebration
Digital Art is a fun and relaxing way to improve your computer skills - while creating something memorable to keep. East Riding Libraries has created the Digital Art celebration to celebrate the talent and creativity of local people, while encouraging everybody to have a go.
For the Digital Art Celebration we ran a competition, in which we accepted submissions from five different age categories, ranging from 0-8 year olds through to adults.
The rules were simple, create a piece of art using your phone, tablet, computer, laptop or any other digital device and send it to us.
We were blown away by the response as we received hundreds of applications! This made judging the winners difficult as there were a number of very talented artists in each group.
Check out our winners (and highly commended entries) from the competition.
Junior entries (o-8)
Junior entries (9-11)
Teen entries (12-14)
Young Adult entries (15-17)
Our Patron: Gary Saunt
Gary Saunt was born in Grimsby in 1951. He studied drawing, painting and history of art for seven years. However, compelled by circumstance to earn an honest living, he joined the fire brigade in Hull in 1974. Gary left the fire and rescue service in 2004, plunging into retirement with the intention of returning wholeheartedly to painting - and with a plethora of pent-up artistic ideas. However, his traditional oil painting ambitions were challenged when Kat, his daughter, presented him with the possibilities of digital painting. (What! . . . electric pictures?)
Gary adapted to this new technique and never looked back. Over the years he has developed his painting technique exclusively around this digital technology, although he confesses he remains somewhat bemused by the fact that his original oil-painting style is still faithfully conveyed by this radically different digital media. His painting is very realistic; focusing on surreal compositions, which he calls dreamscapes - recognisable urban localities which are densely populated with familiar, but often incongruent, figures and objects. Gary's imagery is described as vivid, other worldly and compelling.
Visit Gary Saunt's website