The winners of this year’s Big ‘Green’ Draw competition, run in Jersey by the property team at law firm Mourant du Feu & Jeune and Jersey Heritage, were announced at a special presentation ceremony recently (Thursday 25th March) ahead of the opening of a dedicated exhibition at the Jersey Museum.
A national annual initiative, the Big Draw encourages people of all ages and walks of life to draw a picture on a postcard related to a particular theme. This year, entrants were asked to draw an image which they felt symbolised a ‘green’ home, depicting any existing or new ideas that would make our homes more environmentally friendly.
In Jersey, over 1,000 entries were received from local residents between the ages of one and 90. Entries featured pedal power to run a television or computer; using renewable energy resources such as solar, water and wind power; and composting and recycling waste. One of the more unusual ideas to emerge was ‘pet power’ – electricity generated by a dog, cat or hamster on a treadmill.
The winners and runners-up in each of the five age categories were:
• Pre-School Category (total of 66 entries): Winner: Laila Wycherley. Runners-Up: Dean Latimer and Jasmine Kerr • Key Stage 1 (total of 171 entries): Winner: Byron Kerr. Runners-Up: Daisy Hunter, Daisy Kate Pendergast • Key Stage 2 (total of 605 entries): Winner: Iona Russell. Runners-Up: Paige Le Geyt, Annabel Hickling • Key Stages 3 and 4 (total of 282 entries): Winner: Matthew Le Feuvre. Runners-Up: Lawrence Nelson, Jack Rebours • Adults (total of 42 entries): Winner: Sarah Baigent. Runners-Up: Bronwen Thornton, Miriam Higginson
Each winner received prizes of bespoke art sets from the Mourant du Feu & Jeune Property team, whilst the winning drawings will also feature on "Welcome to Your New Home" cards sent by the team to their clients who have bought and sold property. In addition, all the entries, including the winners, are now on public display in an exhibition at the Jersey Museum until June. Entrance is free of charge.
The work of the finalists in each category was judged by a panel consisting of Wendy Lambert, Partner & Head of Property law, Mourant du Feu & Jeune; Chris Daniels, BNP Paribas Real Estate; Ian Crossland, Crossland Private Office; and Garry Bell, PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Wendy Lambert, Partner and Head of the Property team at Mourant du Feu & Jeune, said: “It was fantastic to see so many entries across such a broad range of ages. The standard was incredibly high and, as well as reflecting the artistic talent of islanders, this year’s initiative has also given us a wonderful insight into their imagination and appreciation of environmental issues. You never know, we may have a budding scientist amongst our finalists.”
Julia Coutanche, Jersey Heritage, added: “There were some really wonderful drawings by younger children amongst all our entries, some very clever and original designs plus images from celebrities, including Channel 103's team of presenters and sculptor Carl Danby. Together, they will make a fascinating exhibition and we encourage people to come along to view them.”