House of Commons speaker Lindsay wants Lancs youngsters to get arty this summer
He is calling on budding young artists to take part in a 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, In 1835, a public competition to design a new Palace was held and in 1870 it was finally completed with beautiful mosaic tiles in Central Lobby.
The Speaker is looking for the next great artist to design their own democracy themed tile.
Aimed at the six to 15 year olds, 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 maybe what they would like democracy to look like in the next 150 years.
Sir Lindsay 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 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."
The closing dare is August 31, just as schools go back, and the winner will see their design framed and receive a certificate from Sir Lindsay .
The design will be also created into their own unique democracy themed tile and the winner also receive a goody bag from the Houses of Parliament shop.
Two runners up will have their designs framed and receive a signed certificate the Speaker of the House of Commons as well as a goody bag from the Houses of Parliament shop.
For further information and to enter the competition go to https://learning.parliament.uk/competition/