Sunday Times (Sri Lanka)

Winning strokes from budding artists during lockdown

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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.

 ??  ?? Samudi Hendahewa - Winner (12-15 years)
Samudi Hendahewa - Winner (12-15 years)
 ??  ?? R. Akkshatha Padhmasini - Winner (7-11) years)
R. Akkshatha Padhmasini - Winner (7-11) years)
 ??  ?? M.S.M. Amhar - Winner (0-6 years)
M.S.M. Amhar - Winner (0-6 years)

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