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The Mercury Shopping Centre, Romford recently invited children from local schools to create a portrait of their Mother for Mother’s Day.

“We were delighted with the response we received,” says Natalie Bays Deputy Centre Manager of The Mercury. “We had over 730 fantastic entries from seven schools – St Patrick’s, St Mary’s, Rise Park, Newtons, Mawney Foundation, Highlands and Crownfield, as well as entries sent in online – and we have all been overwhelmed by the quality of the artworks.”

“The Portraits were judged on Friday, 15  March by Lisa Brennan, Majida Burch and from Brennan and Burch, Anika Manuel, a portrait and figurative painter from Cornwall, and the Mercury’s resident artist, Nigel Hubbard. You may have also seen Brennan and Burch and Anika Manuel’s artworks displayed in Romford as colourful large-scale murals.

The winner of the 5-7 age category was Scarlotte Gibson, age seven from Crownfield Junior and the winners of the 8-11 age category and ‘Mercury Favourite’ were Mya Miseviciuite and Meja Zavtrikove – both from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School.

Scarlotte, Mya and Meja each won a £25.00 gift voucher for themselves and a £25.00 gift voucher for their Mother for Mother’s Day.

They also had their original artwork framed as a Mother’s Day gift for their Mum.

Judges

The judges also decided that the best overall portraits were submitted by St Patrick’s  and they will receive a cheque for £50.00.

“It was a pleasure presenting the prizes to these young artists on Monday, 25 March at 5.00pm and to meeting the women who inspired the portraits” continues Natalie.  “The entries were all so good, the judges found it exceptionally difficult to choose just one winner from each age category and have, therefore also highlighted a number of portraits that we felt should receive the accolade Highly Commended or Judges Favourite.

Mya was accompanied at the presentation by her Mum and Dad, Zivile and Liutsauras and sister Neida; Meja was accompanied by Mum Jolanta Savickaite and Dad Jurijus Zavtrikovas and Scarlotte was accompanied by her Mum, Charlotte Gibson. Teacher Stephanie Hilder collected the cheque for £50 on behalf of the St Patrick’s Catholic Primary.

All of the portraits submitted and the winners are available to view in a special gallery on level three of the Mercury until Mothering Sunday and on The Mercury Facebook page.

The Mercury Shopping Centre, Romford recently invited children from local schools to create a portrait of their Mother for Mother’s Day.

“We were delighted with the response we received,” says Natalie Bays Deputy Centre Manager of The Mercury. “We had over 730 fantastic entries from seven schools – St Patrick’s, St Mary’s, Rise Park, Newtons, Mawney Foundation, Highlands and Crownfield, as well as entries sent in online – and we have all been overwhelmed by the quality of the artworks.”

“The Portraits were judged on Friday, 15  March by Lisa Brennan, Majida Burch and from Brennan and Burch, Anika Manuel, a portrait and figurative painter from Cornwall, and the Mercury’s resident artist, Nigel Hubbard. You may have also seen Brennan and Burch and Anika Manuel’s artworks displayed in Romford as colourful large-scale murals.

The winner of the 5-7 age category was Scarlotte Gibson, age seven from Crownfield Junior and the winners of the 8-11 age category and ‘Mercury Favourite’ were Mya Miseviciuite and Meja Zavtrikove – both from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School.

Scarlotte, Mya and Meja each won a £25.00 gift voucher for themselves and a £25.00 gift voucher for their Mother for Mother’s Day.

They also had their original artwork framed as a Mother’s Day gift for their Mum.

The judges also decided that the best overall portraits were submitted by St Patrick’s  and they will receive a cheque for £50.00.

“It was a pleasure presenting the prizes to these young artists on Monday, 25 March at 5.00pm and to meeting the women who inspired the portraits” continues Natalie.  “The entries were all so good, the judges found it exceptionally difficult to choose just one winner from each age category and have, therefore also highlighted a number of portraits that we felt should receive the accolade Highly Commended or Judges Favourite.

Mya was accompanied at the presentation by her Mum and Dad, Zivile and Liutsauras and sister Neida; Meja was accompanied by Mum Jolanta Savickaite and Dad Jurijus Zavtrikovas and Scarlotte was accompanied by her Mum, Charlotte Gibson. Teacher Stephanie Hilder collected the cheque for £50 on behalf of the St Patrick’s Catholic Primary.

All of the portraits submitted and the winners are available to view in a special gallery on level three of the Mercury until Mothering Sunday and on The Mercury Facebook page.

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