Student artist’s winning art displayed in community

An Art & Design student from Solihull College & University Centre has won a charity art competition.

Sakinah Bouterse, 18, came first in the 15-18 category of the Warwickshire-based charity ‘Kissing it Better’ art and poetry competition. The aim was to bring generations together through art and poetry.

Sakinah became involved after her tutor mentioned volunteering opportunities available to students during lockdown. She comments “I took this opportunity as I thought it would mean a lot to those who are going through tough times at the moment.”

Sakinah’s drawing features family members of all ages reuniting. It was created with the themes of ‘bringing generations together’ and ‘positivity’ in mind.

“I did the drawing as a way to show my gratitude for those working to save lives, and lift the hopes of those in care homes and hospitals who aren’t able to see family and friends” she comments. “Since I didn’t enter to win, I wasn’t really expecting this, and am very proud of myself for this achievement. Since lockdown there hasn’t been much to look forward to, and this was a way for me to do something for the community. It made me feel appreciated and I’ll definitely be volunteering a lot more in the near future.”

The winning poems and pictures in all categories will be shared with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust Hospitals and Care Homes.

Reflecting on her college course, Sakinah comments “I really have enjoyed it. I’ve gained many new skills as well as being surrounded by lovely staff and peers.”

For more information on studying an art course at the College please visit the art courses page.