This is a really impressive collection of entries. All those who took part should be congratulated on making the effort to create a piece of work and send it in. I have really enjoyed looking through these and am inspired by the evident inspiration and talent. I’ve been taken aback with the very high standard of some of the work. – Helena Tarrant, Cartoonist.
A huge thank you to everyone who took part in our #RedWednesday art competition. The theme “Release Me” has been interpreted in many different ways, all of them fantastic and thought-provoking. Entries came in from as far away as Bangladesh and we are so thrilled so many of you wanted to take part. The competition was judged by Helena Tarrant, Cartoonist and illustrated of Nicolas and the Six Bells, Rev. David Ackerman, Vicar at St John the Evangelist, Kensal Green and author of Nicolas and the Six Bells, Father Dominic Robinson SJ, Ecclesiastical Assistant to ACN UK and parish priest at Farm Street Church, Mayfair and Catharine Crowson, Events Manager at ACN UK.
We hope you enjoy viewing the pieces as much as we did! Click an image to enlarge it.
Category: 0-10 years winning pieces
We love Aniegha’s piece for two reasons: 1. it comes straight from the heart – We love the expressions on the
child’s and kite’s faces, and 2. It is a very dedicated
piece of work. Aniegha has used a variety of colours,
textures and shading, and worked to cover the whole
page with equal intensity.
This is a beautiful drawing with a lovely use of line and colour. The attention to detail is exquisite, we
particularly like the butterflies and the way the chain has snapped which is shown brilliantly.
Firstly, well done for entering at the tender age of 19 months! There is a wonderful sense of movement and freedom in the painting and we love that it is done on blue paper for the sea, which is close to your home!
Category: 11-16 years winning pieces
We love Siyona’s interpretation of the competition theme ‘release me’ and how she has married it to the environmental message – a broken Mother Earth
trying to break free from the world’s toxins,
represented by the plastic, surrounded by images which show many aspects of the earth in incredible
detail via a mature use of line, vibrant rich colour, and tone. There is a wealth of amazing detail in this picture, really wonderfully depicted – it’s a
compilation of many parts, each of which is a picture in itself. The amount of work in the piece is really impressive. Siyona has a remarkable talent and means of expression.
What a beautiful picture. It is clear that Zaina has a
real talent and sophisticated style beyond her years, so we hope she carries on painting. The contours on the face and body of the older girl, and her expression, are really beautiful, far better than Helena has seen in
much professional work, as are the eyes of both girls. The depiction of different textures is remarkable.
Alfie has captured the theme ‘release me’ very
effectively with a very simple and clever use of line. We can feel the movement of this rush of birds being freed, depicted through the use of perspective with
large and small birds, which then fly everywhere as far as the eye can see. We like that Alfie has used his imagination to show us the birds still inside the box waiting to be freed, and also the realism of crowding at the box opening where the birds are managing to
The 11-16 category received the most entries and was very hard to judge. We would like to especially mention Nevindie, Luis and Mona as close runner-ups. Their work is displayed further down this page.
Category: Adults winning pieces
This is a really powerful piece. Becky has interpreted the ‘release me’ theme in a very interesting way; we
are turned to what is going on in the young man’s head rather than a depiction of actual release. Pencil is a brilliant choice for this and the picture demonstrates considerable technical skill to portray the oppressive, enclosed environment really vividly – you can almost hear the drip of an open drain or the
roar of traffic overhead. The depiction of the
skull/clown haloed figure and the 6-eyed face are also
very clever, mocking and taunting.
This is a striking and powerful image, and we like the link of the imprisoned figure with the crucified Christ, and particularly the reference to Covid imprisonment via
the face mask. This picture can work on several levels.
The feeling of coldness in the grey cell is contrasted
with the warmth and light of the Holy Spirit. The
barbed wire is a very good symbol to use, one that we
associate with being trapped and imprisoned.
This beautiful picture is a lovely clear depiction of the ‘release me’ theme. We particularly like the way the hair, the skirt and the birdcage are all blowing as if it’s windy. It’s very imaginative to use a silhouette – it conveys the idea very clearly and beautifully. It is also clever to set it on a cliff top as it gives a feeling of space and more freedom for the birds.
We are so thankful to all who took part and a big congratulations to our nine winners!
We would like to say a huge thank you to Helena Tarrant, who so kindly donated signed pieces of work to be part of the prizes. Helena’s cartoons have appeared in workshops for the NHS and the Business Psychology Company, and in company magazines. They appear regularly in the weekly bellringing magazine, The Ringing World. She also recently illustrated a children’s book Nicolas and the Six Bells by David Ackerman, who very kindly donates the profits made by the book to ACN. You can order a copy of Nicolas and the Six Bells here. You can visit Helena’s website here to see more of her wonderful work, including her recently published book: Beating OCD and Anxiety.
Here are a few more of the wonderful entries we received…