11 year old from Newport wins national art competition


Have you seen a giant macaw around lately? Don’t panic, it’s just 11 year-old Ayesha Tania’s winning entry to the BIC Kids Young Artist Award 2018. 

Bic kids young artist Newport


Ayesha’s beautiful drawing of a colourful macaw saw off 13 other regional finalist’s entries to bag the first prize via a public vote. Part of her prize for winning the BIC kids young artist award was to have her art work displayed on a huge billboard, along with a bespoke art party for her and her family and friends courtesy of BIC stationery. 

The competition ran from Aug 27th – Sep 9th 2018 and received over 1,000 entries from all across the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. A panel of judges then picked 14 finalists and those entries were opened to a public vote. Nearly 20,000 votes were cast and after being a finalist in the 2017 competition Ayesha was voted as the winner for 2018. 


The BIC kids young artist award is designed to encourage kids aged 5-11yrs to get creative. One of the panel judges was illustrator Phil Corbett who said: 

“We’re thrilled to announce Ayesha as the 2018 winner of the BIC® KIDS Young Artist Award. Her macaw drawing is technically outstanding. The bird itself is so vibrant and realistic but the background is also extremely well put together. The fact that Ayesha was also a winner last year shows that she really does have huge amounts of artistic skill.”

Phil Corbett


Keep your eyes peeled because Ayesha’s macaw drawing has been displayed on a further selection of billboards since the end of September.

How exciting to have such a talented young artist in our midst right here in Newport -and what a fun prize! I bet Ayesha and her family are so excited to see her art work displayed on huge billboards. Well done to her. Keep a look out for the BIC kids young artist award next year and it could be your art work being displayed for all to see!

**I was gifted a stationery bundle from BIC stationery to tell you all about this young artist award. I thought it was a really lovely piece of news and particularly relevant to Kate Lili Blog as the winner is local to me and many of my readers.**