Young Darley artists’ national triumph

Mollie Reynolds-Jones' winning entry in Sightsavers' Junior Painter of the Year competition (s)
Mollie Reynolds-Jones' winning entry in Sightsavers' Junior Painter of the Year competition (s)

A talented Nidderdale six-year-old has seen her artwork displayed in the prestigious Royal Academy after she won a national painting competition.

Artistic Mollie Reynolds-Jones, who is a pupil at Darley Primary School, triumphed over thousands of other young artists to win the Junior Painter of the Year competition, organised by charity Sightsavers and the Royal Academy.

The seventh annual competition received nearly two thousand entries, all using the theme ‘i:dream’.

Mollie painted two dolphins with the caption: “If I were a dolphin I would dream of being able to fly like a bird through the sky”, and was named winner in the infants class.

The painting, and other winners and runners up, has been on exhibition at the Royal Academy for the past month. Mollie has enjoyed an awards day in London seeing the sights and visiting the exhibition.

And one of Mollie’s schoolmates, Wiktoria Erdei, won a prize for her tactile picture in the same competition.

Nick Coates, Headteacher at Darley Primary School said: “We are very proud indeed of both Mollie and Wiktoria and the fantastic work produced by our art club.

“Special mention should be given to both Mrs Ingham and Mrs Hobson who are so enthusiastic about their subject.”

The competition was judged by a panel of experts, including Eileen Cooper RA, Keeper of the Royal Academy of Arts , who said she was very impressed by the quality of the entries.

“I have been very moved by all the amazing entries from children across the country, it has been great to see young artists embracing painting with such enthusiasm. 

“I am delighted to have been involved in this important project, in aid of a wonderful cause,” she added.

Both Mollie and Wiktoria’s pictures along with the others winners and runners up can be seen in an online gallery at