Children of Change Art Competition: Looking Forward

Posted by bv39 at Aug 14, 2020 09:19 AM |
The Attenborough Art Centre is on the lookout for forward thinking young people. As lockdown measures continue, the Children of Change summer art competition invites the children and dependents of University of Leicester staff and students to create their own artworks on the theme of ‘Looking Forward’.

“Show us what you see: what’s the view like where you are? Show us what you want to see: is there something you’re looking forward to after lockdown? Have you got big ideas for a better society, or visions of a far-off future? What do you see, looking forward?”

12 winning artworks will feature in the ‘Children of Change: Looking Forward’ 2021 wall calendar, as well as being displayed on campus in the Charles Wilson Building. Winners will also receive the following prizes:

  • A free copy of the ‘Children of Change: Looking Forward’ wall calendar
  • Attenborough Art Centre creative goody bag
  • Certificate of achievement

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All entries will be displayed in a celebratory online gallery on the Attenborough Art Centre website.

How to enter

The artwork can be in any medium you like – from sketch to sculpture, collage to photograph, digital art to visual poem! You don’t necessarily need to have lots of art supplies; what could you make from everyday household materials? Let your imagination run wild!

If your entry is a winner, it will feature in the ‘Children of Change: Looking Forward’ wall calendar will be displayed landscape in A4 size.

To enter, email a digital photo or scan of the artwork, along with a short description, to Jenny O’ Sullivan, Curatorial Trainee by 1 September. Please use the subject title ‘Children of Change’ and indicate which of the three age categories is applicable:

  1. Pre-school age (0-4)
  2. Primary school age (5– 11)
  3. Secondary school age plus (12 - 18)

Four winning entries will be chosen from each age category.

Tips for photographing the artwork​​​​​​​

  • You should be able to get a good photo using a phone with a good quality camera, but if you have access to a digital camera this might be even better.
  • Make sure the lighting is bright and even. Natural daylight is usually better than a camera flash, so try taking the photo outside if you don’t have enough light indoors.
  • Hold the camera as steady as possible to avoid any blurring.
  • Try taking a few photos from different angles – especially if your artwork is in three dimensions – and then you can decide which photo best represents it.

We’re looking forward to seeing your entries!

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