Budding artists invited to take part in Banksy-inspired competition

The Save Reading Gaol campaign is running a visual art competition this autumn inspired by the theme of 'freedom'.

Entries are invited in response to the question "What does freedom look like to you?"

The competition is open to children and adults. Entries should be roughly A4 sized and delivered to Hobbycraft Reading by November 14th.

Digital entries are welcome if submitted as a physical copy. The finalists' entries will be on display at Hobbycraft from 20th November and the public will be asked to vote for their favourites.

The competition will be judged by Waldemar Januszczak, Sunday Times art critic who said:

Banksy's artwork depicts a man using knotted bedsheets to flee Reading Prison

The freedom theme is partially inspired by Banksy's "Create escape" artwork on the prison walls, and partly by the loss of freedoms we have all endured during the COVID pandemic.

Competition organiser Heather Snaith said:

All child submissions must have the name and age of the child, plus parent/guardian phone number and email written clearly on the back. Adult submissions also require their name and contact details.

More information about the competition can be found here.