This Autumn I was asked to judge Southwark Libraries’ Graphic Art Competition for the second year. This is a wonderful job and consists of working through the many entries for three age categories to choose a winner, runner up and an entry that deserves a special mention. The competition really inspires young people and gives them something engaging to do over the summer holidays. The entries were diverse and wonderful:

10-13  10-13 copy

14-17  14-17 copy

At the awards ceremony in Southwark’s Culture Space, which resides in the fabulous Canada Water Library, I led a Record Breakers comics and GN workshop which tied in with the Summer Reading Challenge. There is such a lovely family atmosphere at these awards, that I always try to get everyone involved in drawing, including grandparents and younger siblings. It was great fun walking round to see the characters that were created.

A young artist drawing during my workshop.  Children creating characters during my 'Record Breakers' comics and graphic novels workshop at Southwark Culture Space

I was able to meet all the entrants and their families – it was a pleasure to talk about the artwork and to encourage young people to continue in a creative direction. The awards were given out by Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Wingfield.

14-17 category winner and his Mum looking at the winning entry display  The winners proudly holding their certificates with Deputy Leader of the Council, Councillor Wingfield, and Emily Fellah

Southwark Libraries graphic art competition and prize giving