To celebrate the Queens Diamond Jubilee the Mayor is inviting young residents in the Borough to take part in the national Portrait of Our Queen art competition.
As part of the contest young people in the Borough between the ages of 5 and 18 are being asked to pick up a pen or paint brush and create a portrait of the Queen. Successful portraits from each school will be put on display by the Mayor at York House, Twickenham in July 2012.
Cllr Clare Head, the Mayor of Richmond upon Thames said:
“This is an exciting way to celebrate the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II and showcase the talent of our most artistic young people. Richmond has always been a place where art has flourished and I hope we will make the final cut.
I urge everyone to start getting into the Jubilee spirit and I look forward to seeing what we come up with.“
After the exhibition the best of the Borough’s pictures will be put forward to panel of judges including Desmond Shawe-Taylor, the Surveyor of the Queen’s Pictures in Buckingham Palace, Nicky Philipps, whose painting of Princes William and Harry has received universal acclaim and Hugo Taylor from the popular TV programme, “Made in Chelsea”.
Art departments in winning schools will be given prizes to equip and maintain their art departments. Winning children will receive a raft of exciting prizes from visits to London and major Art galleries to art courses set up by the John hall Art courses of Venice which has been helping young artists for 50 years.
More information can be found on the competition website on www.portraitofourqueen.co.uk.
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