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Our Home, Our Art

Warwickshire County Council’s Refugee Week in Warwickshire competition is asking children and young people to create a piece of artwork that reflects their home and contribute to discussions on how we make the county more inclusive and inviting to families seeking refuge and making Warwickshire their home.

The competition is part of the larger Refugee Week in Warwickshire 2024 programme which aims to engage communities across the county to celebrate diversity and journeys of people who had to escape their home country to safety, finding their home in Warwickshire. Refugee Week brings people from different backgrounds together to connect without relying on labels. It helps us understand why people become displaced and the difficulties they face when they try to find safety. The aim of the competition is to increase young people’s compassion and understanding of journeys of displaced people seeking safety in another country.

Theme: "Our Home”

The theme for Refugee Week 2024 is “Our Home”. From the places we gather to share meals to our collective home, planet earth: everyone is invited to celebrate what Our Home means to them.

Refugee Week 2024 invites Warwickshire to reflect on the meaning of home, from our local communities to our shared global environment. Home is more than a place; It can be found in smells, tastes and sounds. From the clothes we wear to the words we grew up with. It’s in food, music and arts. It’s in our cultures and in our landscapes.

Home can be more than one place and finding it can be a journey, as it is for so many of us who have to leave our countries and rebuild our lives. Sometimes we can find home in a single person. Other times it’s in a whole community. And often, it’s in a single gesture of care and welcome.

Let's extend our warmth and hospitality beyond our own homes, making every corner of Warwickshire more welcoming through simple acts of care and inclusion. Simple acts like having a chat, walking together, or sending a message of welcome can help everyone feel like they belong.

Our home is also global. We are interconnected; we share the earth’s resources, climate and its challenges. As we speak, millions of people are being displaced from their homes because of the climate crisis. But, exchanging knowledge, both new and traditional, can help us in practical ways to build hope for the future.

Together, this Refugee Week, let's strengthen our solidarity and work towards making Warwickshire an even more welcoming, safe, and sustainable Home for everyone.

Who can enter?

Children and young people aged 4 to 21 (inclusive), and SEND young people aged 4 to 25 (inclusive) who are in full-time education in Warwickshire, including home educated children.

How to enter

To apply, simply answer the question:

What does ‘Our Home’ mean to you?

Young people can submit a piece of artwork illustrating their empathy for those who have been displayed. Young people from Refugee and asylum seeker background are encouraged to submit artwork representing their journey. The top thirty entries will be displayed in our libraries across Warwickshire.

Your entry can be in any of the following formats:

  • any form of artwork – drawing, painting, any artistic medium
  • a written response of up to 300 words
  • a sculpture
  • a photograph

Please submit your work (or ask a parent/carer/guardian/teacher to submit on your behalf) by emailing with your name, age, your school’s name and school address - don't forget to attach your entry!


Prizes include a family ticket for Warwick Castle, a family ticket for Playbox Theatre and more!

Why enter?

  • Explore and showcase how Warwickshire could be more inclusive
  • Grow your skills in communication and creativity
  • Win one of our exciting prizes!

Competition rules

  • There’s no fee to enter but you can only enter once
  • Entries can be submitted by the individual, a parent/carer or by a representative at their school or college
  • All participants must live or attend a school or college in Warwickshire
  • All entries must be received by 11.59pm on 26 May 2024
  • All entries must be submitted by emailing with your name, age, school’s name and school address
  • All judging decisions are final
  • All winners and their sponsors will be notified by email before they are officially announced
  • Warwickshire County Council reserves the right to use students’ work for marketing and promotional purposes.

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