Children across Medway are invited to take part in a Valentine's Day competition organised by Medway's UK 2025 bid team, Medway Champions, Medway Place Board and local arts organisation Art for All.
The competition, which also encourages school-age children to express pride in their local neighbourhood, is supported by local schools and Medway Messenger.
2021 is the year that Medway will be submitting its UK City of Culture bid which is the equivalent to Medway of what the Olympic bid was for London. The ambitious project is being led by locals across the area and backed by communities, residents, schools, charities and people across Medway. The campaign invites everyone who lives, works or studies in the area to support the plans to bring Medway’s history and talent to life in a world-class creative and cultural programme across the whole of Medway.
Young people and children are at the centre of Medway’s UK City of Culture ambition and have played a central role in shaping Medway’s creative aspirations across a wide range of artforms including dance, art, theatre, video game, digital arts, craft and much more.
Children up to the age of 13 are invited to use the template distributed via Medway schools and available on the City of Culture bid website to create an eye-catching design expressing the spirit of Medway and their local area for display in their front windows. To enter, families can share a photo of their children’s designs via the #BackMedway hashtag or return via post.
The three winning children will see their designs brought to life across the local area on banners and installations supporting the bid and available for sale on products such as t-shirts, coasters and notebooks via the Art Is For All website. Profits will support Art Is For All’s creative work with children in Medway.
The Valentine’s Day ‘Love Medway’ competition can be entered by downloading a template from the City of Culture bid website. Medway schools will also be supporting and distributing templates for children to work on over the half term break.
Medway's young people are at the centre of the bid
Imogen Robertson, Bid Director at Medway 2025, comments: “Over the last year the bid has worked with large numbers of school age children and young people to develop the themes and ambitions of Medway’s bid. Our ambitious City of Culture 2025 plans put young people at the centre of imagining, developing and producing Medway’s programme. In the year we submit our bid, the support of the whole area is vital. We want to invite children and their families across the area to back Medway and its future. We look forward to seeing the designs of all Medway’s young supporters as part of the ‘Love Medway’ Valentine’s Day competition.”
Raising our own ambitions and aspirations
Virginie Giles, Place Manager for Medway and Place Board member said: “The importance of Medway as a place to our young people, residents and businesses is essential. We all want Medway people to thrive and by raising our own ambitions and aspirations of Medway as a place, we will help create a place where future generations are transformed. It is so important for Medway’s future and for us all to get behind our City of Culture bid and work to put Medway on the map. We will all benefit from a stronger economy, thriving business, tourism and cultural sectors and an excellent range of education providers giving greater opportunities to future generations.”
Boosting Medway's cultural community
Mona Whitton, Art Is For All founder comments: “The City of Culture bid will give an enormous boost to the ambition and scale of our Medway cultural community. We want to see everyone in Medway given the chance to take a front row seat for a world-class creative programme, with young people at the centre of bringing cultural ideas to life in Medway and developing their skills.”