Borough’s young artists give their take on lockdown life, and the future

Winning entry in under 8s, and overall, by Jouri Oubari

Over 125 young people in Reigate & Banstead put their artistic talents to work for the Mayor’s Art Competition, the results of which were announced in May.

Themed “Lockdown life – and the future”, the competition invited entrants to create a piece of artwork that best reflected their experiences of 2020 and their hopes and dreams for 2021.

Outgoing mayor Cllr Rosemary Absalom announced the competition winners as she stepped down from her year’s term of office at the annual council meeting on 28 May.

The winners were:

  • Jouri Oubari, 6 (Under 8s age category and overall winner)
  • Phoebe Dobbe, 11 (8-12 age category)
  • Georgi Boyadzhiev, 14 (13-19 age category)

Cllr Absalom said: “A huge thank you to everyone who entered. The thought, care and level of artistic skill that went into the pictures was breath-taking.

“Georgi’s level of detail stood out in the 13-19 age category. I loved the way he’s cleverly drawn a key worker dressed as a superhero underneath a rainbow.

“Phoebe’s colourful artwork reflected her time at home with her twin siblings while schools were closed, with a beautiful rainbow and nods to thanking key workers and donating to food banks.

“Meanwhile six-year-old Jouri has captured the range of emotions many of us have felt over the past year. Her double-sided face represents both the sadness of the pandemic versus the hopes for a better future. She was a worthy winner and it will be a delight to have this piece displayed in the parlour for years to come.

“Congratulations again to all our winners. It’s been a delight judging this competition – the talent of our borough’s young people is truly inspiring.”

Each winner received a £50 Hobbycraft voucher and a certificate from the mayor.

The winning piece will be displayed, after framing, in the mayor’s parlour at the town hall to be seen by visitors.

The competition launched on 24 March and ran to 10 May.

Winning entry in 8 -12 category, by Phoebe Dobbe
Winning entry in 13-19 category, by Georgi Boyadzhiev