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Zoe plucked her art from the attic to win Wentworth Woodhouse contest


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Entries came from near – and as far away as Australia – when Wentworth Woodhouse launched a Lockdown art contest.

Paintings, sketches, models and even a pavement chalk picture depicting the life and times of the Big House were created by supporters aged from two to 75.

Many got arty to pass time during the pandemic. Others seized the chance to showcase earlier Wentworth Woodhouse-inspired creations.

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The top entry – which will soon be emblazoned proudly across the front of the Preservation Trust’s first-ever fundraising T-shirt – had been gathering dust in an attic for 13 years!

Rawmarsh mum Zoe Rowbottom (pictured, top) created the stylish graphic as a 20-year-old design student at Sheffield’s Norton College.

A life-long fan of the house, she grew up in Elsecar with a view of Hoober Stand from the bedroom window.

After finishing her course, Zoe decided against an art career and put her Wentworth-inspired coursework in the attic.

Now a business analyst at Irwin Mitchell in Sheffield and mum of Ada, five, and 11 month-old Nel, she remembered her design when she heard about the contest.

“When I created it all those years ago I thought it would be the perfect logo for the house. I can’t believe it is now going to be helping the Trust working hard to restore the place,” said Zoe. 

“I still adore Wentworth Woodhouse and am very proud to be doing my bit.”

Tankerley textile design student Ellie Fisher’s entry (pictured, above) was equally impressive – the Trust plan to use it on an entire product range for their gift shop.

It is a first commission for Ellie, who is in her final weeks at Leeds Arts University. Her intricate repeat-print features scenes from the house and grounds.

“This is an amazing opportunity for me and such a confidence boost,” said Ellie, 21, who aims to be a freelance fabric designer.

She has never visited the house, but knows all about it – she works in the cafe at nearby Wentworth Garden Centre and used local history books for reference throughout her degree.

The Preservation Trust restoring the Grade I listed mansion back to its former glory now plans to stage an exhibition of all the entries in September, if easing of pandemic restrictions permits.

“We launched our art competition during Lockdown and were overwhelmed at the response,” said WWPT’s CEO Sarah McLeod.

“Supporters really got behind it on social media and put huge effort into their entries. We may not be open at the moment, but we’re so proud to know people’s hearts are still open to us.

“We want every entry to go on show at the house, which throughout history has been renowned for its artworks!”


Bury artist Glenn Jones, 48,  won first prize in the over 18s group with his digitally created image of the Marble Saloon floor. He’s been a fan of Wentworth since his partner, who lives in Rotherham, took him to see the house three years ago. 

Ellen Stockdale, aged 16, from The Brecks, Rotherham (pciture, above), took first prize in the 13-18 group with a detailed watercolour of the house’s Palladian East Front. Ellen will be studying art and design at Rotherham College this autumn. She once camped overnight on the lawns of Wentworth Woodhouse as a Scout for the Yorkshire Rose Challenge. She won a T-shirt with Wentworth Woodhouse on the front – which she now wears when she paints.

Seven-year-old Lucy Redfern, of Wiltshire, was another winner. Lucy, whose grandparents live in Brampton Bierlow, created a huge model of the house from cardboard.

Reggie Small, aged four, from Mexborough (pictured, below), spent four days perfecting his winning painting of the house. Said mum Charlotte: “He loves art at nursery so we had to continue at home in lockdown. He’s been on a tour at the house and was very excited to paint it. He loved doing all the windows!”

Runners up:

Liam Moxon, Elsecar; scaffolder Neil Revell of Lyndon SGB, who works on site at the house; Guiliana Giudice-Lyon, Thorpe Hesley; Abby Sutherland, Elsecar; Hina Hussain,Batley; Gracie Russell, Sheffield; Atti O’Hagan Montagu, Wath; Tiana Carr, Thorpe Hesley.

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Tom Austen
Tom grew up in Aston, Rotherham and studied Human Geography at Nottingham Trent University before developing a passion for promoting Rotherham and a nose for a good story.


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