HCO Kids Summer Exhibition

The HCO Kids Summer Exhibition has run for the past two summers, showcasing the creativity and imagination of children from across the UK.

Each year we ask your minis to create a piece of artwork that expresses their personal style and we then put on the exhibition in the Holly & Co Work/Shop during August. We’ve had over 200 pieces of brilliant, colourful, imaginative art adorn our walls and everyone who visits the cafe during the exhibition is blown away by the talent – as am I!

It’s so important to encourage and nurture creativity, and acknowledge it equally alongside the more ‘traditional’ subjects. That is why we run the HCO Kids Summer Exhibition and why we’ll continue to do it, year after year!

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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.