Leicester children challenged to get artistic with nature

Kids can take part in the Wild Art Competition.

Leicester primary school pupils have the chance to win a beautiful wildlife-themed graffiti mural for their school by showing off their artistic skills this spring.

Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust is challenging children to create a piece of art that shows off the UK’s wonderful wildlife with its new Wild Art Competition.

All Leicester primary school pupils can enter the contest. A panel of expert judges including local artists will pick the top three entries, who will each receive a set of art materials and a prize for their school.

The entry judged to be the very best will win a graffiti mural created by artists from Graffwerk, the team behind Leicester’s Bring the Paint Festival, to bring a splash of colour to their school walls.

The competition launches this month and entries must be submitted via schools by Monday, June 14, 2021. The competition is supported by players of People’s Postcode Lottery, through the Trust’s Wild Forest School project.

Tim Graham, Chief Executive of Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust, said: “With spring upon us, nature is bringing lots of colour to our lives. We are challenging Leicester’s primary school pupils to explore the outside world and use inspiration from the natural beauty that they see to create their own piece of artwork.

“We have some fantastic prizes up for grabs, and we are really excited to be working with Graffwerk to offer a graffiti mural for the overall winner’s school. We can’t wait to see what pupils come up with.”

Izzy Hoskins, From Graffwerk, said: “We're very excited to be working alongside Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust to deliver this activity. It's great to see young people engaging with the arts and this project supports this with a really positive approach.”

Entries to the Wild Art Competition can use any material, but must be created flat on an A4 piece of paper and feature wild animals and/or plants found in the UK, along with a short description of why the subject was chosen.

The deadline for entries is 9am on Monday, June 14.

All entries must be submitted via schools, with a maximum of six per school put forward for judging.

The entry form and terms and conditions are available online.

Bring the Paint will return to Leicester in 2021, running from August 23-29.