BookBench Winners 2017!

A hugely successful competition and exhibition is making a welcome return to Crowngate Shopping Centre.

Crowngate’s BookBench Competition, inviting all students aged 7 and up, to submit design ideas for book-shaped seating for the shopping centre, will open as an exhibition from 1st July 2017.

The exhibition will feature a number of ‘BookBenches’ dotted around the shopping centre, which will be decorated with winning designs from students across Worcestershire and Herefordshire, depicting interpretations of their favourite reads.

The winning 9 designs have now been selected from the 399 entries from 19 schools, colleges and universities.

Sara Matthews, Crowngate Shopping Centre marketing manager said: “We have once again been astounded by the response from local schools. The time, effort and enthusiasm applied by the students is evident in their designs and it made the job of judging an almost impossible task”.

The independent panel of judges were looking for originality and creativity, along with consideration of how the design would translate onto the actual benches.

Congratulations to the following students and schools, who have been chosen as the Crowngate BookBench Competition Winners:

  • Martha Worsley – Martley CE Primary School
  • Fearne Speak – RGS Springfield
  • Kaia Langley – Powick CofE Primary School
  • Ethan Tan – Powick CofE Primary School
  • Catherine Rendall-Baker – King’s St Albans
  • Grace Sherwood & Star Freeman – Ipsley CE RSA Academy
  • Ella Ford – Nunnery Wood High School
  • Jessica Giles – Wyre Forest School
  • Megan Pratchett – Heart of Worcestershire College

The winning schools and students have been notified and they are excited to be receiving their blank benches this week. Jo House, Teacher from Martley CE Primary School said:

We always encourage the children to enter this competition, as it supports our belief promoting reading for pleasure, as well using design and creative skills to draw their ideas. We were so thrilled to hear that one of our pupils had won! The whole school had seen last years’ winners in Crowngate, so to know that their classmate will be painting one was really exciting!”

Here are the winning designs:

The idea for the BookBench competition originally came from the National Literacy Trust’s ‘Books About Town’ art trail that took place across London. Designed and created by Wild in Art’s Creative Director Chris Wilkinson, the BookBench has proved to be the perfect canvas through which to unite visual art and reading for enjoyment.

The BookBench Exhibition will commence on Saturday 1st July and run for 9 weeks, where they will be available for the public to admire and use. In addition to planned activities throughout the exhibition, there will also be a display of all the entries received for the design competition, from all the schools next to Superdrug and Iceland in Friary Walk at Crowngate.

To find out more about the BookBench Competition and Exhibition visit