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Unilever international schools art project

Little Vilkum was adjudged the winner at the Unilever international schools art project, an all island art competition for children that drew entries from nearly 8000 schools in Sri Lanka.

Seven year old Vikum Chandrasekara was just like any other boy at his school Vijaya College, Matale. But destiny had other plans for this boy. Little Vilkum was adjudged the winner at the Unilever International Schools Art Project, an all island art competition for children that drew entries from nearly 8000 schools in Sri Lanka.

This event was a part of the Unilever International Schools Art Project- a global project that has been running in countries world over since 2001. It was successfully conducted in Sri Lanka for the second consecutive year and entries were called from schools island wide.

The exhibits submitted by the children were on display at the Vihara Maha Devi gardens on Saturday 17th March 2007. This year’s theme was Reality and Dreams . The exhibition show case the creative talents and ingenious imagination of children and interesting exhibits included a figure made entirely out of a spoon, a painting depicting peace and harmony made from a myriad types of colourful seeds as well as paintings on canvas that took a creative 3 dimensional turn. Prizes were awarded to the best entries in the three age group categories ranging from 5-16 years.

Commenting on the event Chairman of Unilever Sri Lanka, Amal Cabraal spoke on the gem of creativity that lies in every child. “Creativity lies in each and every one of us and as a child, the ability to depict the world around you and your emotions via the medium of painting or sculpture can be a deeply rewarding and enriching experience.

At Unilever we strongly believe in being able to help foster the creativity of children and to add a sense of vitality to their lives.” Cabraal concluded “Unilever Sri Lanka is indeed proud to be able to help realise the artistic potential of the children of Sri Lanka and help show case this to the entire world.”

Vikum’s painting was drawn entirely by hand, literally, as the little lad mixes the paint with his fingers and paints on canvas using his fingers.

Vikum along with his mother flew to United Kingdom where he had the privilege of having his painting displayed at the prestigious Tate Gallery, which most artists only dream of, with the winning entries from the other countries. A group of nineteen children who had their works selected from thousands of entries from schools all over the world in countries as diverse as Pakistan, China, Russia and the USA travelled to London to see their work exhibited at a special reception at Tate Modern

This exhibition is the culmination of the Unilever International Schools Art Project (UISAP),

For Vikum this experience has been unlike any other. “Painting is fun and I try to do it all the time, after school and especially during the weekend. My parents, my school teachers and friends are all very proud of me….” Said Vikum beaming with delight at the accolades and praise he has received. For this little boy hailing from Matale, this experience offered him the rare chance of participating in the educational activities in the UK as well as to meet and interact with child artists such as himself from all over the world.

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