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Brush up on those artistic skills during lockdown
Children from across the district of Lichfield in Staffordshire are being encouraged to occupy themselves during the coronavirus lockdown by putting their artistic skills to the test. They are invited to take part in a District Doodles competition which is being run by Lichfield District Council's visitor economy service, Visit Lichfield, over the course of the month. The art competition will involve children downloading a template which they can then fill with a drawing, painting or collage of a district attraction they are looking forward to visiting after lockdown restrictions are eased. There are three age categories to enter, starting with children up to the age of five, followed by those youngsters aged between six and ten years, and finally children between 11 and 15 years. Older teens and adults can take part as well, just for fun.

District Doodles
Try your art skills in District Doodles contest


The entries will be judged by a panel of three consisting of Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council's Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism, Peter Walker, artist in residence at Lichfield Cathedral, and Mandy Billington, an artist whose illustrations of Lichfield appear on mugs sold at Lichfield's visitor information centre. Together, they will choose a winner in each age category. The winning artwork will then be featured in The Hub at St Mary's Letters from Lockdown exhibition, which is planned to take place following the ending of lockdown restrictions. The three winners will also be given a family ticket to a choice of Visit Lichfield tours, when they start running again.

St Mary's in the Square
Winning artwork will be displayed within The Hub at St Mary's


Councillor Eadie said: "Children have been brilliant at drawing, painting and making rainbows to support the NHS and key workers during the lockdown. I know it has meant a great deal to all who have seen the pictures. Most likely the gradual easing of the lockdown is going to mean we will be spending our summer at home this year, hopefully, able to safely visit some of the wonderful attractions and countryside in our district. From Lichfield Cathedral and the Burntwood miner with Scamp, to the barges at Fradley Junction and the many memorials at the National Memorial Arboretum, our district is full of iconic attractions. If we can get our children drawing and painting again it will be fabulous to see all the entries and what their favourite attractions are. Although the competition is for children and young people, everyone can have a go at District Doodles as we'd love to see your artwork!"

Lichfield Cathedral
Lichfield Cathedral is loaning its artist in residence as a judge


To find out more, including how to download the template and submit an entry, go to www.visitlichfield.co.uk/districtdoodles. The closing date to enter is by midnight on May 30.
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Why? Children urged to put art skills to good use during lockdown
When: May 11 to 30
Where: The Hub at St Mary's, Market Street, Lichfield WS13 6LG
Cost: Free
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