Winners of our children's art competition revealed

Posted: December 6, 2013

Designs used to decorate new children's Emergency Department

Great Western Hospital has chosen the winners of their art competition where local children were asked to send in ideas for decorating the new children's Emergency Department (ED). 

In August work began to transform the current ED at the hospital involving a complete refurbishment of the department and the creation of a new dedicated children's unit. The new design will mean that children coming in for emergency treatment will have their own waiting and treatment area with private cubicles. The aim is to provide families with a more calm and child-friendly environment, away from the busy general waiting area for adults.

As part of the refurbishment, the ED team wanted local children to help them come up with ideas for decorating the cubicles once the children's unit is complete.

There were five categories in the competition; favourite animal, favourite sport, favourite TV character, favourite film and favourite book.  Judges had the tough job of selecting five winners from over 400 entries.

art competition winners

Winners of each category:

Favourite animal:

Amelia Jack, aged 9 from Robert Le Kyng Primary School for her watercolour painting of a rabbit 

favourite animal entry

Judges' comments: "Her drawing was very accomplished and friendly; it had good use of medium and a lovely calming feel to it which will be perfect for the environment we want to create."

Favourite film:

Amelie Bezzant, aged 6 from Blunsdon, Swindon for her drawing of Mike Wazowski from the film Monster's Inc. entry

Judges' comments: "We liked how the drawing had a hospital theme and a positive get well message; the character is also very popular with children of all ages."

Favourite TV character:

Megan Parmenter, aged 13 from Kingsdown School for her drawing of The Simpsons. entry

Judges' comments: "A colourful and bright drawing which really stands out, she captured the well-loved characters very well."

Favourite book:

Phoebe Ford, aged 13 from Isambard Community School Haydon Wick for her drawing of Rapunzel. 

fav. book entry

Judges' comments: "We liked how she had put a new take on an old classic; it was a stunning piece of work with a hint of mischief."

Favourite sport:

Katie Elliott, aged 10 from Swindon for her drawing of a swimmer. entry

Judges' comments: "The drawing engages well with the audience, it is simple and active and we like how it encourages a healthy lifestyle.  It also reflects a personal hobby which she enjoys."

Victoria Brown, Head of Service for Unscheduled Care at Great Western Hospital said: "We were delighted with the response to our art competition and it was great to receive so many entries from local children.  All the entries were fantastic and a lot of thought had been put into them, it really was very difficult for the judges to pick the winners.

With the help of artists from Cowshed Studio in South Cerney, we will be bringing the winners' artwork to life on the walls of our new children's Emergency Department.  We hope to complete the artwork by the end of January 2014 and the winners will be invited back to see the finished results.

We would like to say a big thank you to all the children who took part in the competition and to all the local schools for their support, including Robert Le Kyng Primary School, Holy Family/Road Catholic Primary School, Brooke Field School, Kingsdown School, Rodbourne Cheney Primary School, Moredon Primary and Nursery School, Haydonleigh Primary School and Bishopstone C.E. Primary School."

Highly commended entries:

  • George Deboucicault Calthrop aged 5, Sutton Benger Church of England School
  • Mia Smith aged 11, Nova Hreod School
  • Francesca Steward aged 7, Rodbourne Cheney Primary School
  • Yanni Causer aged 7, Swindon
  • Charlotte Hooker aged 8, Rodbourne Cheney Primary School

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