Culture Ministry announces Winners of “Colour Me Trinbago” Art Competition

Whether in crayons, coloured pencils or water colours, a picture is worth a thousand words; and this is what 78 students expressed as they participated in the National Patriotism Month, “Colour Me Trinbago” Art Competition. Lead by the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts (MCDCA) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, National Library Information Systems (NALIS) and SWMCOL, the competition called for these young prodigies to express their creativity and individual perspectives of patriotism under the theme “Colour Me Trinbago”.

As one of its National Patriotism Month activities, which for 2018 put special focus on youth involvement, volunteerism and the environment, the Art Competition provided an opportunity for students ages 4 to 12 from Trinidad and Tobago to use visual art to tell their patriotic story. A special environmental category was also included as the young artists were asked to depict environmentally responsible practices or use of recycled items to create a patriotic theme. The competition closed on September 28th, 2018 and submissions were evaluated by an independent panel of judges.

The results are as follows:


4-6 age group

1st Mariah Lacy Manphool – Trinidad’s Paradise’

2nd Aaron Sameer Bharath – My Country: Trinidad and Tobago’

3rd Raul Newton – TnT My Country I Love’


7-9 age group

1st Tehya Archibald – ‘Our National Symbols’

2nd Tehya Archibald – ‘Hit for 6!’

3rd Christiana Mckie – ‘My Community’

10-12 age group

1st Farah John – ‘Mother Trinbago’

2nd Kristen Rampat – ‘My Love, My Land’

3rd Jordyn Samara Knight – The Gift’

Winners of the Environmental Category

Christiana Mckie – ‘My Community’ (7-9 age group)

Jordyn Samara Knight – ‘The Gift’ (10-12 age group)

Honorary Mentions

Aaliyah Brown – ‘A day at the beach’

Isaiah Sobers – ‘Hummingbird feeds on nectar’

Pritivi Narine –‘Scarlet Ibis at Sunset’

Dr. the Honourable Nyan Gadsby-Dolly, Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts said “the competition provided a platform for young artists to share their innate talent, creativity and innovation. As such, the MCDCA is pleased to announce that twelve (12) pieces of art, the top three (3) in each age category as well as three honorary mentions will be featured in the Ministry’s 2019 Cultural Calendar. In addition, thirty-two (32) pieces will be exhibited at the National Museum and Art Gallery and Couva Library in December 2018”.

Special mention and thanks must be given to the MCDCA’s project partners; Ministry of Education and the National Library Information System (NALIS) and sponsors Bmobile, Eastern Credit Union and SWMCOL for supporting this initiative.

Congratulations to the winners of “Colour Me Trinbago” Art Competition.