In the lockdown of spring 2020, Nottingham City SHARP (Self-harm Awareness & Resource Project) Team supported encouraged the children and young people of Nottinghamshire to illustrate and express their experiences and emotions of such strange and challenging times through expressive art and storytelling.

Our Wonder Wall is an on-line gallery exhibiting the wonderful, creative and expressive work from Nottinghamshire children and young people aged 5-18 years. There were 17 entries and it was difficult for our judging panel to make a final decision. All entries were judged by a panel of young people from the ‘1525 Collective’ at Nottingham Contemporary, they shared their thoughts on chosen winners, “We loved the detail and joy in these works. They both displayed an uplifting character and incredible imagination which we believe is so important for this current moment in time. We had a lot of fun selecting” (1525 Collective)

As you will see in the virtual gallery, all the children and young people have expressed their own personal thoughts, feelings, and their appreciation of our front-line workers. Also valuing their family time and giving us all hope that things will get better!

Cheryl Barnard, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People added,

“It has been a difficult year and it is important that we understand how our children and young people have been affected.  It is fantastic to see the different ways in which they have expressed their feelings.”

We believe that it is so important that we all appreciate and learn from the experiences of children and young people and we encourage them to continue to express their views through the many forms of art.

We are proud and thankful for all of their contributions and we celebrate the winning entries of Maisie and Holly.

Our Winners:

5-10 years – WINNER – MAISIE BIGNALL ‘Nothing Can Get Me Down As Long As I Have Love’

11-18 years – WINNER – HOLLY LEWIS ‘Lockdown Laziness’

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