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Just a quick blog today as we are joining other artists to help judge the UK Children’s Fine Art Exhibition, always a pleasure to attend and this will be our third year on the judging panel. It’s always difficult to pick a winner, especially as the exhibition is open to more than UK residents so they get a lot of overseas entries with many outstanding pieces both home grown and from abroad. It’s also something we are especially proud of being involved with.

‘The UKCFAE is a highly rewarding, all inclusive, international project. 

And while a serious art competition in itself aims to raise aspirations of children and promote the values of peace and friendship; for schools it provides cross-curricular learning opportunities in History, Geography, Citizenship and Religious Studies

The UKCFAE cooperates with the annual International Children’s Exhibition of Fine Arts (ICEFA), organized and coordinated by The Lidice Gallery in Lidice, Czech Republic. The ICEFA has been running for over 40 years and receives, on average, 30,000 entries from around 70 countries. 

All entries received by the UKCFAE will be considered by our judges for submission to the ICEFA.

You may be aware that it was the village of Lidice which was bulldozed by the Nazis in a filmed atrocity in June 1942. All men were shot, many children gassed and the women sent to concentration camps. But, due to the fundraising efforts of ordinary people, in defiance of Hitler, Lidice was eventually rebuilt after the Second World War. 

The UKCFAE is a celebration of this rebirth and the power of friendship and peace.

Find out more at our website www.ukchildrensartcompetition.org.uk

We join the other judges this year which include top selling artist Kerry Darlington, Sid Kirkham, Harry Davis and numerous other professional artists that have generously given up their time to participate. More details on this event tomorrow, in the meantime I have added stories for 2009 to the website which is gradually building up to be a one stop shop for information. More to be added later this week.

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