The competition is free and open to everyone, with separate adult and child sections. Artwork can embrace one, some, or all the seasons.

The Society wants to encourage more of the public to participate in arts as well as learn about the events and benefits offered by the organisation. It is the first art competition in the Society's history and they hope it will become an annual fixture.

The adult section is for 19 years and upwards, while the child section is divided into four categories: 4-6 yrs; 7-11 yrs; 12-15 yrs; 16-18 yrs. Artwork should focus on landscape but can include figures, wildlife, and architecture. The artwork should be two-dimensional and can be completed in a range of media, such as pencil, watercolour, or pastels. It must be submitted by 31 May - further details on requirements and how to submit here.

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Leaves in a Luxembourg forest / © By Siena Lowe, aged four

Lynda Shephard, a committee member and organiser of the competition, told RTL Today that the theme was chosen because it allows for a wide scope of approaches to this topic and is suitable for adults as well as children: "Draw one horizontal line and you have a horizon, draw one vertical line and the brain will suggest a tree to the viewer."

She added, "I wanted to be sure that the competition would encourage enthusiastic beginners, amateurs, as well as more experienced artists."


Abstract view of area around Courts of Justice / © Courtesy of British-Luxembourg Society

Winners will be announced on 7 June. The judging panel consists of: Shephard, who is an accomplished art educator and artist; Lady Sally Forwood, a talented artist living in Luxembourg; and Simone Habaru, the art restoration expert at the Museum of History and Art.

Prizes are available for all categories, with prize-giving to take place week commencing 14 June. The adult prizes were donated by Bofferding.


Trees in a Luxembourg forest scape, winter / © Courtesy of British-Luxembourg Society

Shephard hopes the event will highlight the value of art, especially while many museums and exhibitions have been closed or restricted due to the pandemic. She said, "I believe art is one of the most important subjects we can teach and enjoy at any age. Despite its importance since Classical Greek times, it has steadily declined in its value in the eyes of governments."

Alongside the art competition, the Society is also hosting an online lecture for members only on 18 May. Lord Patten, Chancellor of the University of Oxford, will speak on the theme 'China and the New Global Balance'.