Pick up the paints - Norfolk Day art competition launched for county’s young people

Kieron Williamson 's painting of Wicklewood Windmill

Kieron Williamson 's painting of Wicklewood Windmill - Credit: Archant

What does Norfolk mean to you?

Line of Beach huts at Wells on a very frosty morning. Picture: Richard Brunton

Line of Beach huts at Wells on a very frosty morning. Picture: Richard Brunton - Credit: Richard Brunton

Perhaps it is the sandy swathes of north Norfolk, the colourful pop of Wells beach huts - or maybe just the familiar sight of your own front door.

Today, we're launching an art competition for children and young people as part of Norfolk Day, on July 27, asking them to create - whether by painting, drawing, photography or other mediums - what they love about Norfolk.

The competition, supported by Norfolk County Council, opens today and will close on June 30, before a shortlist and winners are announced - with exciting prizes to be revealed soon.

There will be four age categories - five to seven, eight to 10, 11 to 13 and 14 to 16 - as well as a separate photography category for young people of all ages.

A painting by Kieron Williamson from an exhibition in 2015 .

A painting by Kieron Williamson from an exhibition in 2015 . - Credit: Archant

David Powles, editor of the Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News, said: 'There is so much to celebrate about Norfolk. We've had a brilliant response to Norfolk Day so far, with dozens of events and celebrations planned.

'We want to make sure our schools and young people are involved, and hope this competition will unleash youngsters' creative sides and show our wonderful county in a new light.'

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A winner in each of the four age categories and photography section will be revealed, before an overall winner is picked from the successful five.

Council leader Cliff Jordan, who will be one of the competition judges, said he was delighted to have been asked to be involved - and that the winners' work would be displayed in and around his office.

'This is a great opportunity for me to see what Norfolk means to the children and young people across the county,' he said. 'Plus I get to brighten up my office and corridor here at county hall as I will be displaying the winning pieces of work.'

He said Norfolk Day would be a celebration for everyone at the council, with the team looking forward to enjoying 'all the wonderful things that come with living in this beautiful county'.

A special supplement of the shortlisted photographs will be published around Norfolk Day. To enter by Saturday, June 30:

• Post your work to Norfolk Day Art Competition, EDP, Prospect House, Rouen Road, NR1 1RE. Please include the child's name, age, which category they are entering and a contact detail.

• Email digital entries to norfolkday@archant.co.uk, including the child's name, age, category and contact detail.

For more on Norfolk Day, click here.

Youngsters entering the contest could take inspiration from a young Norfolk artist - dubbed the Mini Monet.

Kieron Williamson showed a love - and talent - for painting from as young as five, with a sold-out first exhibition age six.

A second exhibition soon after saw 16 works sold for £17,000 in just 14 minutes - leading to the nickname Mini Monet in international news stories.

Now 15, he has been the subject of a BBC documentary, documenting his journey to millionaire status at such a young age.

He gave up mainstream education age 11, studying from home to better allow him to focus on his art.

His family all take on roles to support him with his art, with mum and dad Michelle and Keith framing his paintings, sorting out the financial side of things and taking him to locations he wants to paint.

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