Children aged 11 and under across Birmingham and the West Midlands are being offered the chance to win art materials in a competition to picture their ‘special moments’. The art produced by winners and runners-up will be featured in a special month-long exhibition at Oikos Café, a popular community enterprise café on Erdington High Street. The café is operated by OIKOS Church. The competition — Moments that Matter — has been organised jointly by John Taylor Hospice (JTH) in partnership with the Oikos Café.
“We’re urging children to paint, draw or colour their special moments,” says JTH’s head of community engagement, Mark Jones, “because our motto is ‘every moment matters’. We want children across the region to create a picture of their special moments — the things that make life worthwhile to them. That could be a a favourite holiday, a drawing of a treasured pet, a painting of their family or simply a picture of something they love to do.”
The hospice cares for people as they approach the end of their lives and believes that celebrating life — all the special moments and memories that have made up that life — is a central part of this.
The Moments that Matter competition has been launched by the hospice as part of the Birmingham-wide festival A Matter of Life and Death which aims to encourage people of all ages to have open and honest conversations about living and dying.
The competition forms part of the hospice’s community engagement work with schools, groups and local businesses.
The exhibition featuring the winning artwork will run throughout May and winners will also be invited to a special Café Arts Evening of Creativity at Oikos Café on Friday 17 May from 6pm where their prizes will be presented.
The closing date for the competition is Wednesday 24 April.