Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)
Winning strokes from budding artists during lockdown
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Sri Lanka and the Maldives launched an art competition on May 1, to inspire the creativity of young minds during the COVID-19 lockdown. Children aged 15 years and below were invited to submit their creative and colourful illustrations on experiencing life while staying safely at home.
The winners of the Life in Colour COVID-19 art competition are as follows according to their age group; M.S.M. Amha (0-6 years), R. Akkshatha Padhmasini (7-11 years), and Samudi Hendahewa (12-15 years). All the winning and shortlisted entries are posted on the EU Delegation Facebook Page: https://www.facebook. com/EUDel.Srilanka.Maldives.
The delegation was impressed by the sheer level of enthusiasm demonstrated by the hundreds of children artistically expressing their new normal. After multiple rounds of judging, a shortlist of 30 entries was identified and a winner selected from each of the three age groups. Art supplies will be delivered to the winners as well as certificates of participation to everyone who made the shortlist.
“The children’s enthusiastic response has been wonderful, especially considering the significant changes to the way they live in and experience the world. We are happy to have provided an outlet to inspire their imaginations and express their emotions in a safe and healthy way. Congratulations to the winners and well done to all those who made the shortlist!” Frank Hess, the Acting Head of the EU delegation said.