Children and young people invited to discover Croydon’s past through art

By 18th March 2016Competition


One of the best things about organising a fun-filled family orientated and community based festival is the creative activities that come with it for all to enjoy. That’s why it’s a delight, after weeks of planning, to announce a brand new art competition which we have launched to search for Croydon’s most creative young time traveller and reveal aspects of the borough’s rich and vibrant heritage.

We are inviting children and young people to research Croydon through the ages, locate an interesting moment in its history and illustrate with artwork what they might discover:

  • 18 years ago to see the first sections of track laid down for Croydon’s trams.
  • 26 years ago to watch Crystal Palace play Manchester United in the FA Cup Final.
  • 86 years ago to wave off Amy Johnson at Croydon Airport before her world record breaking flight to Australia.
  • 420 years ago to watch the building of the Whitgift Almshouses in North End overseen by Archbishop John Whitgift.
  • 507 years ago to meet Henry VIII at Croydon Palace (now Old Palace School) before he proposed to his bride to be, Katherine of Aragon.

With separate competitions running for primary and secondary schools, applicants can submit artwork, photographs or stories to illustrate the people, places and events of Croydon’s past.

The competition is proudly sponsored by Stanhope and Schroders. They have allowed the unique opportunity to have the winning artwork entries displayed on the hoardings of one of Croydon’s newest developments at Ruskin Square, next to East Croydon train station.

Prizes include a behind-the-scenes tour of the London Tramlink Depot, an iPad mini or £100 Whitgift Centre and Centrale gift card.

Finalists will also have their work exhibited in the Whitgift Centre during the Croydon Heritage Festival taking place this summer from 18 to 26 June.

Entrants are encouraged to use their creative imagination as they discover Croydon’s past through the festival’s theme ‘Undiscovered Croydon’ and take us on a journey of discovery and exploration around Croydon through their artwork.

Martin Corney, Chief Executive, The Whitgift Foundation, commented: “Now is an important time to get the community to explore Croydon’s fascinating history and heritage, particularly the younger generations, at a time of great change and development across the borough.”

Jason Margrave, Development Director, Stanhope PLC, added:

“We are excited to be supporting The Whitgift Foundation and this fantastic competition as part of Croydon’s Heritage Festival. Ruskin Square represents the next phase of development in Croydon, so it is only fitting that we celebrate Croydon’s diverse heritage through the artwork and stories of local children. We hope that young artists from across Croydon will be encouraged to enter, and look forward to seeing some of the winning submissions displayed on the hoardings around our site.”

We look forward to receiving this year’s creative art entries. If you know of any young budding local artists who would be interested in taking part in the competition, don’t let them miss out on the great opportunity to express their imagination through art.

Entries opened on Monday 14 March and will close on Friday 3 June at 5pm. Download application pack at


Best of luck!

Last year’s competition winners, Fairchildes Academy