Pop art for popular homes

Visitors to the showhomes at Redrow’s Easingwold venture can see more award-winning designs than they bargained for, as paintings from a school’s competition are now taking pride of place.

The paintings were produced as part of a project that ran last school year, when creative year nine students from Easingwold School got to work on pieces of ‘Modern Society’-themed art inspired by Andy Warhol’s famous ‘Soup Cans’ painting.

All of the work was displayed at the Galtres Centre in Easingwold and three winners were chosen by the chair of governors at Easingwold School, Reg Parr. Members of the public also got to vote for their favourite during the two-week exhibition, sponsored by Redrow Homes, and the winner has received the ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Now, the winning paintings are being exhibited in the ‘Middleton’ showhome at Oaklands, on York Road, Easingwold – just opposite the entrance to the school.

Emily Holyoake was crowned the overall winner with her painting depicting British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, while Tara Schwarze-Chintapatla and Charlie Massingham scooped second and third prizes respectively. Holly Page comfortably won the People’s Choice accolade.

Principal teacher of the creative arts faculty at the school, Nicholas Cuthbert, said:

“All of the students worked incredibly hard and they really enjoyed showing their efforts off to the public. Congratulations to all the winners, who were all only 14 years-old when they participated, and a big thank you to sponsors Redrow who provided the generous prizes of Amazon vouchers and made sure the pupils had a fantastic venue to exhibit their work.”

Redrow’s four-bedroom ‘Middleton’ showhome is the perfect place for the paintings as it too is no stranger to honours. The Oaklands’ homes hail from the housebuilder’s award-winning Heritage Collection, with exteriors tailor-made to echo the Georgian architecture of the Yorkshire market town.

Patsy Aicken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Yorkshire), added:

“More than just a housebuilder, we love to get involved in the communities in which we build and it’s been great to work with the local secondary school on this exciting project. We’re thrilled about showing off the winning paintings to all our potential customers.”

Oaklands, with current property prices ranging from £299,950 to £339,950, offers the best of both worlds. The development is just a short walk from Easingwold town centre, but it’s also surrounded by unspoilt countryside and is within easy reach of York and Harrogate.

The Middleton showhome helps paint a picture of what home owners can expect and is open for viewing daily from 10am to 5.30pm.