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Artistic residents invited to create Olympics-themed artwork

By Carlena Knight

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An art competition will afford young artists the opportunity to display their winning pieces, leading up to the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The competition, which is being hosted by the Chinese Association for Friendship in partnership with the Halo Foundation, will allow youngsters aged four to 18 to create and showcase artwork that embodies the ‘spirit of the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics, ice and snow sports’.

Leading up to the 2022 Games, the pieces will be a part of the 100-day countdown in Beijing from November 2021.

PRO of the Halo Foundation, Cuthbert Forbes, also detailed some other prizes that are up for grabs.

“We are not clear on the prizes for overall winners, but we do know there are certain awards to be given to include 10 first prizes, 20 second prizes, and 30 third prizes, respectively, for every group, toddlers, children and teenagers,” he said.

“The rest of the participants will be awarded with prizes for excellence and certificates issued by the organising committee.

“Special awards for outstanding organisations will be awarded to cities, schools, friendship associations, overseas Chinese organisations, and youth organisations that have made active efforts for the event,” he said.

All competitors are required to use watercolour, oil painting, crayon drawing, ink painting, prints and other items. The specifications must be A3 or quarto (within 389mm × 546mm) or canvas painting No. F8 (Within 455mm×380mm).

“From the Foundation’s end, our goal is to foster creativity among our youth and to continuously seek avenues for youth development,” Forbes explained.

“We are always keen to encourage participation locally, regionally and internationally. Also, we host an art competition each year and we do have an art workshop for teachers beginning in September so we saw this as an opportunity to keep the creative juices flowing until both initiatives begin on our end.”

A digital copy of the piece must first be submitted to [email protected] and [email protected] before delivering the original artwork to the Halo Foundation’s office at the Office of the Governor General.

“We have received two entries to date, but persons will need to register and can visit our website www.foundationhalo.org  and click the link ‘artwork’ to access the information on how to enter,” Forbes explained.

Interested parties can also call 562-9153 for additional information. The deadline for entry is July 27.

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