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Published June 9th 2020
Winning children's art to go on public display - soon
A collection of children's art featuring local places of interest is set to feature in a public exhibition once coronavirus restrictions are lifted. The Letters from Lockdown exhibition is due to be held in The Hub at St Mary's in the centre of Lichfield in Staffordshire. Children from across the district of Lichfield were invited to put their artistic skills to the test by entering Visit Lichfield's District Doodles competition. Visit Lichfield, which is Lichfield District Council's visitor economy service, set youngsters the task of creating a piece of art featuring a local attraction they are looking forward to visiting once lockdown restriction are eased. Once all entries were received by the end of May, the judges met virtually to choose a winner in each of the three age categories.
The judges included Councillor Iain Eadie, Peter Walker, the artist in residence at Lichfield Cathedral, and artist Mandy Billington, whose Lichfield illustrations appear on mugs sold at Lichfield's visitor information centre. They chose one-year-old Isaac Jackson's finger painting of Beacon Park's flowers and trees as the winning entry in the 0 to 5 age group. The competition was fierce in the 6 to 10 age category, with the judges picking a winner and runner up. Nine-year-old George Lewis won with a rainbow coloured drawing of Lichfield Cathedral, while ten-year-old Ruby Neville scooped the position of runner up with her picture of the nursing memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, near Lichfield. In the final age category, 11-year-old Henry Epstein came first in the 11 to 15 age group with his picture of Lichfield Cathedral reflected in Stowe Pool.
All four chosen entries will be featured in The Hub at St Mary's Letters from Lockdown exhibition, which is planned to take place following lockdown. The children will also each receive a family ticket to a choice of Visit Lichfield tours, to enjoy when they are up and running again. Councillor Eadie, Cabinet Member for Investment, Economic Growth & Tourism at Lichfield District Council, said: "I really enjoyed judging District Doodles with Peter and Mandy. We had some lovely entries that showed how much our local attractions are valued and missed. It meant we had a tough job to choose the winners, and I'd like to thank everyone for taking part and to congratulate the winners on their artwork. I know we are all looking forward to the time when we can get out and start enjoying all that the district has to offer."
George Lewis, 9, won the 6-10 age category with his picture of Lichfield Cathedral