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Meet the judges of the Children’s Art Competition: Sid Robinson

March 19, 2017

Once the deadline has passed on the 5th May, the serious and enjoyable business of judging the Children’s Art Competition begins. We caught up with two of the judges, artist and teacher Sid Robinson, and international graphic designer and educator Gülizar Cepoglu about the competition and asked them about the process. First up we have Sid Robinson…

How long have you been involved in judging the Children’s art competition and what do you enjoy about being a judge?

Last year was my first year judging the Children’s Art Competition. It was such a joy to see the range of images and all the effort that had gone into the work. It is so refreshing to see young minds unleash their creativity. I am really chuffed to have been asked to judge again for this year’s competition; I am looking forward to seeing what talent emerges.

Art is so subjective and it must be very difficult to judge. What will you be looking for from the entries? Art is indeed very hard to judge and in fact each piece entered had its own merits and was worthy of commendation, so it was very difficult to decide which image to choose. Coming to a final decision involved taking into account what appeared to be the level of effort, creativity, ideas, composition, competency in use of media, originality and interpretation of the theme, but that is not to say that a winning piece has to have all elements. Having three judges helps, as we generally all agree when an image has that ‘je ne sais quoi’.

As an artist yourself, what tips can you offer to anyone taking part? My tip is to enjoy the process, any accolades are a bonus and should never been seen as a predictor of future talent. Many artists that we now admire did not have their genius recognised in their youth.

You are also a teacher. Why is it so important to encourage our children to be creative? I believe that it is really important that children and young people feel they can freely express themselves as this can nurture their emotional development.  Being creative encourages self-expression and problem-solving and celebrates their own personal interpretation.

The theme is ‘home’. What is your idea of ‘home’?

Home to me is warm and safe, family and love, a reflection of me and my loved ones, relaxation and joy, welcoming to others.

Sid Robinson trained in Sculpture and Fine Art at St Martin’s School of Art and is an artist and teacher, specialising in Special Educational Needs, working at Sydenham School.