HCO Kids Summer Exhibition 2021

Drumroll please… the winners are announced!

Woohoo, we’re thrilled to reveal the incredibly talented winners of the HCO Kids Summer Exhibition 2021! Each year we’re proud to ignite young imaginations and encourage the next generation to pursue their passions and do what they love. This year, 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 as well as several other brilliant businesses — felt that the winners were truly outstanding. Laura said, “Overall the judging of all of the artwork was quite possibly one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do in my whole career — what a bright future we have in all of the young people that submitted.”

The 2021 Winners


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

7-11 WINNER: Amelie 

“Amelie’s 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

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

JOINT 12-16 WINNER: Mia and Roisin

“The details, colours, finish and subliminal messaging…were second to none.”

Previous years


This year 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!⁠


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.