We wanted to share some of the amazing art work that we received as part of the Mayor of Wokingham Borough Council’s “My Family” Children’s Art Competition and some photos from the prize giving that took place last week in the grounds of our office at Shinfield Grange.

We’d like to thank all those who entered the competition and congratulate the winners who were:

4-7 age group

1st Miya Zhou

2nd Emily Kent

3rd Sebastian Rogers

8-11 age group

1st Vasu Gupta

2nd Holly Hughes

3rd Sunni Crocombe

Massive thanks to the Mayor Malcolm Richards for supporting Home-Start Wokingham District by organising this competition as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations.

Thanks also to the judges, Malcolm Richards (mayor of WBC), Gareth Heard (Chair of the Board of Trustees of Home-Start Wokingham District), Jo Hall (of JoJo Art Club in Wargrave), Zoe Pratt (Artists’ Harvest in Finchampstead) and Sue Runcimon (Head of Shinfield St Mary’s Primary School) for their time and expertise. They had such a tough job deciding on the winners with so many fabulous entries.

They commented on the winning entries as follows:

Miya Zhou:

“The shape is striking and I really love the contrasting use of colour and black and white with great pattern making.   The 3d house is well drawn with lovely details.  The cut out family members are really special and it all combines to make this a really strong picture.”

“Good use of colour and a sense of closeness Emily Bold colours used, and a strong feeling of love for the family portrayed Sebastian Lovely individual drawings of the family, with a sense of humour underlining their features.”

“Miya’s picture seemed to be a lovely picture of the world as a garden, and her family taking care of it together. The detail was delightful, and very thoughtfully done.”

Emily Kent:

“A really strong confident picture, I love the red heart shape with the family inside, the bright blue sky with a smiley face sun and the green rolling hills!  Love the addition of the collage clouds too.”

“Emily’s picture was vibrant, and full of joy and positivity – even the sun had a smile on its face!”

“Bold colours used, and a strong feeling of love for the family portrayed”

Sebastian Rogers:

“A lovely family composition with excellent drawing skills showing the family outside enjoying the fresh air.”

“Sebastian’s family seemed very close – I loved the fact that they younger child was sitting on the father’s shoulders, and that they were enjoying the outdoors together.”

“Lovely individual drawings of the family, with a sense of humour underlining their features.”

Vasu G:

“Lovely bright use of colour, great drawing and perspective, love the detail of the t-shirts, yoyo and fish tank!”


“Vasu’s picture was delightful – I like the fact that they seem to have taken their fish to the park! – very inclusive!”

“Strong use of colour and good characterisation of each individual. Good detail shown in all aspects of the painting Holly Sweet but powerful painting of a child completely comfortable with their Mother. Wonder what they are discussing?”

Holly Hughes:

“Love the simplicity and feeling in this picture, lovely sunset background with great perspective of the tree and the silhouettes are really meaningful.”

“Holly’s picture was delightful – a moment of closeness between a child and her mother.”

“Good use of colour and a sense of closeness.”

Sunni Crocombe:

“Fantastic detailed drawing, really good feet!  Love the road leading away – great use of perspective.”

“Sunni’s picture was very original and highly skilled. I like the way the family is all walking away from the person looking at the picture. Even though you can only see them from behind, there is still a sense of family.”

“Good perspective and an eye for detail. Feeling of movement among the subjects drawn.”

Finally a big shout out to all our sponsors who kindly donated prizes: Artists’ Harvest, JoJo Art Club, Woodley Art Club , Helen Diffenthal and Pottery Pals.

We hope to exhibit the art entries in a venue in the Borough soon but for now please enjoy this wonderful virtual exhibition …