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Croydon Heritage Festival art competition 2016

Children and young people invited to discover Croydon’s past through new art competition.

A brand new art competition has been launched as part of this year’s Croydon Heritage Festival to search for Croydon’s most creative young time traveller and reveal aspects of the borough’s rich and vibrant heritage.

Children and young people are invited to research Croydon through the ages, locate an interesting moment in its history and illustrate with artwork what they might discover:

  • 18 years ago to see the first sections of track laid down for Croydon’s trams.
  • 26 years ago to watch Crystal Palace play Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.
  • 86 years ago to wave off Amy Johnson at Croydon Airport before her world record breaking flight to Australia.
  • 420 years ago to watch the building of the Whitgift Almshouses in North End overseen by Archbishop John Whitgift.
  • 507 years ago to meet Henry VIII at Croydon Palace (now Old Palace School) before he proposed to his bride to be, Katherine of Aragon.

How to enter:

With separate competitions running for primary and secondary schools, applicants can submit artwork, photographs or stories to illustrate the people, places and events of Croydon’s past. The competition is open to:

Primary school classes - Years 4 - 6: Download pack here

Secondary school students - Years 7 - 9: Download pack here

The prizes:

The competition is sponsored by Stanhope and Schroders and the winning entries will have their artwork displayed on the hoardings of one of Croydon’s newest developments at Ruskin Square, next to East Croydon train station. Prizes also include a behind-the-scenes tour of the London Tramlink Depot, an iPad mini or £100 Whitgift Centre and Centrale gift card. Finalists will also have their work exhibited in the Whitgift Centre during the Croydon Heritage Festival taking place this summer from 18 to 26 June. 

This year’s Heritage Festival is themed ‘Undiscovered Croydon’ aiming to take people on a journey of discovery and exploration around Croydon to reveal its iconic locations and residents, little known-facts and best kept secrets of the area.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, comments: “We’re delighted to be launching this competition with our sponsors, Stanhope and Schroders, and look forward to receiving artwork from creative youngsters across the town. Our own landmark buildings, the Whitgift Almshouses and Old Palace School, have played host to Kings and Queens over the centuries including King James I of Scotland, Henry VIII, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth I and most recently, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Now is an important time to get the community to explore Croydon’s fascinating history and heritage, particularly the younger generations, at a time of great change and development across the borough.”

Jason Margrave, Development Director, Stanhope PLC, added:

“We are excited to be supporting the Whitgift Foundation and this fantastic competition as part of Croydon’s Heritage Festival. Ruskin Square represents the next phase of development in Croydon, so it is only fitting that we celebrate Croydon’s diverse heritage through the artwork and stories of local children. We hope that young artists from across Croydon will be encouraged to enter, and look forward to seeing some of the winning submissions displayed on the hoardings around our site.”

Competition timeline:

Entries opened for submission: Monday 14 March

Entries close: Friday 3 June at 5pm

Judging: 6 - 10 June

Winners announced: Monday 13 June

Artwork exhibited: 18 - 26 June

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