Parklands Community Primary School scoops overall winner prize in schools competition. Image courtesy Pallant House Gallery


The overall winner of the annual schools’ competition Friends of Chartres: Chapter 3 – A Sense of Place is Parklands Community Primary School.


Highly commended prizes went to Boxgrove C of E Primary School, Lavant C of E Primary School (Year 5 and 6), Lavant House School (Year 5 and 6) and L’Ecole Maternelle Le Grand Jardin.


Margaret Brown, Honorary Secretary of the Friends of Chartres, commented on the competition’s aims: “Part of twinning is to learn about each other’s culture, heritage, traditions and customs and these competition aims form the basis of A Tale of Twinned Cities.”


The annual schools competition, known as A Tale of Twinned Cities, is an outcome of the on-going partnership between Pallant House Gallery and the Friends of Chartres. First held in 2009 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the twinning of Chichester and Chartres, schools from the two locations are invited to produce work on a particular theme and in a particular medium. This year’s competition focused on printmaking and took inspiration from ‘a sense of place.’


The winning school receives a trophy and the chance to take part in a three-hour workshop with printmaker Susan Ryland to create a collaborative printed piece. Two or three pupils from each of the highly-commended schools will participate in a two-hour workshop with Susan.


An exhibition of selected entries to the competition can be seen in the studio at Pallant House Gallery from now until the 27 May while the entry from L’Ecole Elementaire Le Grand Jardin will go on display in the North Transept of Chichester Cathedral.