Calling all budding artists! 

HCO Kids Summer Exhibition 2022

The HCO Kids Summer Exhibition is back for its fourth year and we want budding artists (up to 16 years old) to take part!

Be inspired by Picasso, Frida, or our very own judge Rob Biddulph — bestselling and multi-award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books who created #DrawWithRob during lockdown.

Artists can use paints, pastels, pencils, collage, or anything in-between to create their 2D masterpieces and drop them off or post them to the Holly & Co Work/Shop by Friday 12th August. All artwork will be displayed at the Work/Shop from Saturday 20th August and the winners will be announced by Holly and Rob at the end of the month during an Instagram Live.

Each participant will receive a certificate and badge, and one winner from each age category will be chosen by Rob and Holly. Winners will be sent a creativity hamper filled with artistic goodies to help them pursue their passions.

HOW TO ENTER

The HCO Kids Summer Exhibition competition is open to all children and young people up to the age of 16. It will be split into three age groups: under 6, 7-11, and 12-16. One winner from each age group will win a prize. 

  1. Get creative! Artwork can be any size, in any medium, and about anything but must be 2D.
  2. Download, print and fill out an application form (or pick up a copy from the Work/Shop). All artwork must be accompanied by an application form and artwork clearly labelled on the back with the entrant’s full name and age (so we can send a certificate and badge… and contact the winners!).
  3. Drop off or post your artwork to HCO Kids Summer Exhibition: Holly & Co, 149 St Margarets Road, St Margarets, Twickenham, TW1 1RG by Friday 12th August.
  4. Look out for the artwork on display at the Holly & Co Work/Shop from Saturday 20th August – Sunday 4th September 2022.
  5. Tune into Holly’s Instagram LIVE with Rob Biddulph at 12pm on Wednesday 31st August where we will announce the winners.

Most importantly… have fun!

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

THIS YEAR'S GUEST JUDGE

We’re really pleased to have Rob Biddulph join Holly to judge the Kids Summer Exhibition 2022. Rob is a bestselling and multi award-winning author and illustrator of children’s books, who created #DrawWithRob during lockdown (a series of twice-weekly draw-along videos designed to help parents whose children were forced to stay home from school due to the pandemic).

Previous years

2021

In 2021, we had over 100 entries which were all displayed in their colourful, imaginative glory on the walls of our Work/Shop throughout August. Chosen by designer Laura Wellington — our independent judge and founder of In Good Company – alongside Holly, the entries were truly outstanding.

UNDER 6 WINNER

Tilly for “Great work, learning and great messaging…our future is in good hands with talent like this!”

7-11 WINNER:

Amelie for “simple but bold layout and colour choices…and the brain sparks that came with thinking about a balloon/person popping made me smile.”

JOINT 12-16 WINNER:

Felix who “could have a very bright future in the graphic design or advertising sector.”

JOINT 12-16 WINNER:

Mia and Roisin for “the details, colours, finish and subliminal messaging…which were second to none.”

2020

In 2020 nearly 100 children and young people from across the country took part FILLING the Holly & Co Work/Shop walls with the most glorious artwork! It was so heartwarming to see their talent and creativity shine through as we asked them to express what they had been dreaming about through lockdown.⁠

Holly’s guest judge, award winning artist and illustrator Rebecca Strickson, had such a tough time judging the competition, saying it was “a fabulous year and a total privilege to judge”.

Under 6 Winner

Sam – we loved his use of colour and the original, playful scene. And thanks to Rebecca judging, and not being able to choose, I was okay… and bloody proud that my niece Olive, was joint winner in this category.⁠

7-11 years winner

Freya with her brilliant “House Of My Imagination”!⁠

12-16 years Winner

Digby’s fun monsters are so full of life! I feel like this is something out of a futuristic cartoon!⁠

2019

We held our first exhibition in summer 2019 and were completely blown away by the creativity and volume of entries we received!

Holly’s guest judge, Mark Rhodes, of CBBC and Crackerjack fame, had the difficult task of selecting the winners for our three age groups. Each winner received a personalised creativity hamper packed with Holly & Co goodies to help them continue being entrepreneurial!

Under 6 winner

Rosie, aged 4, created a full-size self-portrait, drawn, painted and stamped with colour and love.

Under 10 winner

Markos, aged 8, painted a bold and beautiful big cat, complete with stuck on whiskers.

Under 14 winner

Tieg, aged 12, drew and painted a painstakingly detailed illustration that really knocked our socks off.