April 2012 – part 2

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Children’s 2012 Paralympic Art Competition

The Terminal 5 Expo Fine Art Gallery was delighted to host the BAA Children’s Art competition this April. The competition was open to children of BAA staff between the ages of 4 and 11, who were asked to create an artistic response to the Paralympic motto spirit in motion.

The art competition had a fantastic response and there was a wonderful variety of inspired entries. Gallery artist in residence Faye Nasser-Joley and gallery curator Ann Aldridge were chosen as judges for the competition and had the honour of selecting the shortlisted entrants along with Andy Garner, Director of Operational Readiness for the Olympic and Paralympic Games at Heathrow. The judges were joined by guest of honour, Paralympian and TV presenter: Ade Adepitan MBE who choose the overall winner. The shortlisted children along with their parents were invited to the special award ceremony held in the gallery, to meet Ade and the judges and to collect their prizes. Congratulations to the winners of each age category: Tom Sturgeon (4-7yrs), Mwila Gentry (8-9yrs) and Connie Broadley (10-11yrs) who each won a Windsor and Newton art set along with a personalised portrait of Ade Adepitan painted by Faye Nasser-Joley. A huge congratulations must also go to the overall winner: 4 year old Tom Sturgeon who won tickets to the 2012 Paralympic Games opening or closing ceremony and a special art workshop from artist Faye Nasser-Joley for him and his friends. Ade was drawn to Thom’s artwork because of the striking colours and the fantastic and simple way that it represents spirit in motion. All of the children had a wonderful afternoon and each shortlisted entrant received a 2012 goodie bag, certificate and a chocolate gold medal!

The Terminal 5 Expo Fine Art Gallery is proud to display the wonderful selection of shortlisted artworks until 19th May.

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