The works of the winners of the May Morning art competition exhibited on the Pont de la Madeleine
A ten-year-old boy, a self-taught member of the Oxford Art Society and a queer illustrator are among the winners of Oxford City Council’s May Morning art competition.
The winners saw their creations proudly displayed on the Pont de la Madeleine as part of the May Morning celebrations. About 12,500 people attended May Morning and had the opportunity to view the artwork.
The competition asked people to create works of art that showcased the city’s hidden gems and the diversity of Oxford’s communities.
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Jo Draper’s artwork was created with the help of her ten-year-old son, Dylan. Their painting depicts parts of Oxford’s heritage that are not on the main tourist trail, including the John Radcliffe Hospital and the wooden hand sculpture at Oxpens Meadow.
She said: “My ten year old son Dylan helped with the painting – he is a very passionate and talented artist.
“The photo represents something of the city’s incredible dedicated and pioneering community. The child represents community and Oxford’s focus on families, as well as the importance for future generations in the city’s carbon targets to create a cleaner, greener environment.
“The painting also incorporates nods to lesser known parts of Oxford’s history, the brick terraces. In East Oxford in particular, this provided affordable housing in the years that followed when people are come to the UK and Oxford to work – a number of them in the Morris factory.
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Gerry Coles is a largely self-taught member of the Oxford Art Society and teaches linocut printmaking at his studio near Thame. She exhibits and sells her work online and at local exhibitions throughout South Oxfordshire including Thame Art Crawl and Oxfordshire Artweeks.
His winning design depicts the complex roof structure of Oxford’s Covered Market.
She said: “I was inspired to create this because the covered market is one of my favorite places in Oxford. The lanterns and the roof structure are works of art in their own right.
Jason Kattenhorn is a freelance queer illustrator from the UK. Jason’s work celebrates his favorite places to visit in Oxford, while exploring some of its history and its people.
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Mr Kattenhorn said: “My illustration work usually depicts these LGBTQ+ bodies that we are told to hide. I love exploring queer intimacy in all its forms because queer bodies are awesome; they are resistant and they are beautiful.
“There is a rich thread of diverse LGBTQ+ stories and faces in Oxford and I wanted the work to somehow represent a small part of that community.
“I’m thrilled that the work I created has been selected and I can’t wait for someone to see the work and maybe feel represented and see something of themselves in the work” .
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