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Children's Shakespeare Portrait Competition

Children across the UK are invited to get creative with Shakespeare Week as part of an exciting competition in celebration of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Week launches nationwide Shakespeare Portrait Competition

19 Nov 2019


The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, organisers of Shakespeare Week, is launching a Shakespeare portrait competition for 2020’s Art and Design theme.

We are inviting primary school children aged 11 and under to create their very own portrait of William Shakespeare for a chance to win fabulous prizes! These prizes include the winning child’s artwork being exhibited at The Lowry, in Greater Manchester, a family weekend away in Shakespeare’s hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon and workshops for the children's classes from award winning children's illustrators.

Fronting the Shakespeare Portrait Competition is popular children’s TV presenter Ricky Martin, star of CBBC’s Art Ninja. Along with a number of other well-loved children’s illustrators, Ricky has created his own portrait of Shakespeare to help inspire budding young artists. His design pays homage to his three favourite Pop artists: Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and Keith Haring.

Alongside Ricky’s Pop Art-inspired Shakespeare are portraits from Korky Paul, illustrator of the popular Winnie the Witch series; award-winning author and illustrator, Marcia Williams; and Waterstones Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell. These portraits (and many more) can be seen in an online exhibition on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust website.

Children have until 31 January 2020 to enter their artwork. Full details are available on the Shakespeare Week website www.shakespeareweek.org.uk/competition/.