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Speaker of House of Commons launches ‘My Democracy Design’ competition

Speaker of House of Commons launches ‘My Democracy Design’ competition

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, is calling on budding young artists to take part in an exciting summer art competition to celebrate the Palace of Westminster’s 150th birthday.

It took nearly 30 years to rebuild the Palace of Westminster after a devastating fire, but in 1870 it was finally completed with the beautiful mosaic tiles in Central Lobby. The Speaker is looking for the next great artist to design their own democracy themed tile.

Open to young people aged between 6 and 15, the design must focus on the theme ‘My Democracy Design’. Inspiration could come from voting, famous moments in the history of Parliament, like the suffragettes or even what they would like democracy to look like in the next 150 years.

The deadline for entries is the 31st August 2020.

 

What do you win?

·         One winner will have their design framed and receive a certificate from Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons. Their design will be created into their own unique democracy themed tile. They’ll also receive a goody bag from the Houses of Parliament shop.

·         Two runners up will have their designs framed and receive a signed certificate from Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons. They’ll also receive a goody bag from the Houses of Parliament shop.

Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said:

“This is a great opportunity for young people to get involved in our celebrations and to follow in the footsteps of Augustus Pugin, who designed the beautiful mosaic tiles you see in Central Lobby.

 

“Now it is your turn to create something that could last the next 150 years. I can’t wait to see democracy through your imagination.”

 

For further information and to enter the competition, please visit here.

The competition forms part of a programme of activities for the 150th birthday which will include publics talks, a new virtual tour of the Palace of Westminster, an online art gallery and range of social media activities. Further information is available here.