Rowlinson Knitwear has announced the winners of its inaugural Art in the Workplace competition. Their entries will now go on permanent display in meeting rooms and open-plan workspaces at Discover Park – the employee-owned garment manufacturer’s newly refurbished, multi-million pound UK headquarters in Stockport.

The competition challenged undergraduate Illustration, Graphic Arts and Design and Contemporary Photography students from Stockport College to produce original art reflecting the company’s values and purpose of ‘fulfilling potential’. The entries were judged by a panel of five employees representing Rowlinson’s workforce.

At a presentation event at Discovery Park, each category winner was presented with a £100 prize and a trophy, with two other students receiving a commendation certificate and a £30 prize.

Rowlinson’s managing director, Donald Moore, thanked the students for their hard work and commitment to the competition, saying, “We’ve been pleased to receive so many entries for our first Art in the Workplace competition. The calibre of the work was extremely high. It’s been a revelation to judge such a wide range of unique interpretations of our culture and every student has really embraced the theme of ‘fulfilling potential’.”

Caroline Hamer, creator of the Art in the Workplace competition and marketing manager at Rowlinson, said, “We feel passionately about reaching out to support our local community. Displaying this incredible artwork not only enriches our business environment, but also provides an opportunity for young talent to be recognised. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with Stockport College on this competition. I’m certain that all three category winners and their fellow entrants will go on to achieve wider artistic recognition. I wish them lots of luck in their future careers.”

The winners of the Rowlinson Knitwear 2018 Art in the Workplace Competition are: Illustration category – Kesha Dabrowski; Graphics category – Jade Montague; Photography category – Cherie Vaughan.

The entries from Nicole Astbury and Marina Latzanaki were were highly commended.

Cherie Vaughan’s winning entries in the Photography category