Express YourSELF

All young artists should be on alert, as the deadline for ‘Visualize’ – Wychavon District Council’s visual arts competition for 11-18 year olds – is just three weeks away.

The theme for the competition is ‘Express YourSELF’, and the Council is asking young artists to consider how they would depict themselves through the visual arts.

Entrants are permitted to create their work in a range of 2d media including painting, drawing, photography, mixed media and street art.

The deadline for all entries to be submitted is 5pm on Monday 11 December. Finalists will be announced and notified shortly after this date and they will then be able to exhibit their work at the Number 8 Arts Centre in Pershore during January 2018.

Jenny Davis, Arts Development Officer at Wychavon District Council, said: “I’m excited that this project is returning and that young people will once again have the chance to showcase their visual artwork. It was great to see the local talent of the district last year at such a prestigious venue as the Number 8 Arts Centre, where hundreds of people saw the work. We had so many wonderful entries last year, and it was especially good considering the competition was in its first year. We really do have a wealth of young artistic talent in Wychavon.”

To enter, artists should e-mail up to three good quality photographs of their artwork as a jpeg or pdf file (to be viewable on a Microsoft computer), and accompany the photographs with an application form.

To receive an application form, contact Jenny Davis at or telephone 01386 565396. All entries must be submitted by email to and be received by 5pm on Monday 11 December.

Entries will only be accepted if they are sent by email and the application form has been completed.

There were two winners in the 2016 competition. Lily Spiers from Blackminster Middle School won the 11-13s category with her depiction of an English village, and Eleanor Ritchie from Prince Henry’s High School won the 14-18s category with a collage about fairy tales.

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Last year's winners:

Lily Spiers (aged 12 at the time) with the then Chairman of Wychavon District Council, Councillor Frances Smith.

Eleanor Ritchie (aged 16 at the time) with the then Chairman of Wychavon District Council, Councillor Frances Smith.