Oscar Scannell who goes to St Mary’s School in Henley was one of twelve children from nearly two thousand who submitted artwork for a countywide competition to see their creations in a large-scale public display on Walton Street in Oxford.
The twelve primary school children are the winners of a competition organised by the Blavatnik School of Government, Oxford University Press (OUP), and Laing O’Rourke. The competition, called “Window on Another World,” was inspired by the construction of BSG’s new building in Jericho, in the heart of Oxford. Oscar said, “My entry shows a special window in the sky with the sun shining.”
“We wanted to create an opportunity to inspire young children across Oxfordshire by imagining other worlds,” explained Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government. “Our graduate students come to Oxford from many different countries and backgrounds because they want to help make a better world. We were positively astounded not only by the number of entries we received but also by the incredible visions interpreted by the children for this competition.”
“Creativity is at the heart of what we do at Oxford Children’s Books so we are delighted to have been involved in this competition which showcases the inventive and imaginative talents of Oxfordshire’s children. We were overwhelmed by the response and it will be fantastic to see the twelve winning artworks displayed opposite our offices alongside one of our favourite story book characters, Winnie the Witch,” said Liz Cross, Head of Children’s Publishing, Oxford University Press.
Children’s pictures were judged for the most imaginative, bright and exciting visions of another world. On Friday 16
January, the winning artwork by 12 young children from across Oxfordshire was revealed on the BSG building site hoardings alongside the characters, Winnie the Witch and her black cat Wilbur, who appear in a series of books published by OUP.
All twelve winners will also receive a selection of prizes, including OUP books and a goody bag from Laing O’Rourke. Schools with the top winner from each age group (4-7 years and 7-11 years) will receive up to £150 of OUP books or resources. The overall winner Elizabeth Dallosso was awarded an iPad mini from the Blavatnik School of Government.