Harpenden boy wins Oyster card competition

Jennifer Coleman, Institute of Imagination’s Director of Development; competition winner Oliver Chal

Jennifer Coleman, Institute of Imagination’s Director of Development; competition winner Oliver Chalcroft; Darcey Bussell and Jacqueline Rose, Director Big Dance - Credit: Archant

A pearl of a motif by a schoolboy has won him top prize in a competition to design an Oyster Card wallet.

Twelve-year-old Oliver Chalcroft, who goes to St George’s School in Harpenden, designed a wallet for the travel card as part of a competition organised by the Institute of Imagination and Big Dance.

His design was chosen as the winner from 500 entries by former ballet star and Strictly Come Dancing judge, Darcy Bussell.

It will be printed on 10,000 wallets and distributed to Londoners this summer as part of Big Dance 2016.

Oliver was prompted to enter the competition by his sister, Yemisi, and hopes to pursue a career in art.


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He said: “My friends and my teachers have been telling me for some time that my art was really good, but it was finally my little sister, Yemisi, that told me I should enter an art competition and that’s what I did.”

He added: “I see winning this competition as a big starting point. I hope to travel in the future and see and draw loads of sights around the world.”

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