Kerry chats to local artist Ben Askem

From Good Morning St Albans

Radio Verulam presenter Kerry Cobb was delighted to be asked by GMSA sponsors The Maltings to be one of the judges at this year's Maltings Arts Prize. Kerry did her degree in Performing Arts and studied postmodernism and altermodern art in relation to theatre. Hundreds of entries were received from schoolchildren across St Albans with the theme - the history of St Albans. The Maltings had the expert help of local artist Ben Askem, who's studio is on the High Street and features some fabulous unique works of art, from London landscapes to superheroes and Kerry's personal favourite, a portrait of F1 legend Ayrton Senna. Listen to their chat here.

The entries have been shortlisted and the winner from each age group has now been chosen. Details of the prize giving ceremony will be announced shortly - the overall winner wins £250 and their school art department receives a £1000! Each winner from each age group from 4 to 18 wins a prize and a trophy and there is a special merit award this year too.

Kerry was blown away by the entries. She said the level of talent in St Albans is sky high and some of the pictures gave her goosebumps and she learned even more about the history of St Albans from the art. Every single person who submitted an entry should be super proud - we love celebrating St Albans talent!