Budding artists are being urged to put pen to paper and design the Mayor of Wolverhampton's official Christmas cards.

Mayor Councillor Ian Brookfield has launched a competition and is asking children aged 16 and under to come up with designs on the theme of "Christmas in Wolverhampton".

There are 3 categories - one for the under 5s, one for children aged 5 to 11 and a third for children aged 11 to 16 - and the 3 winning images will be featured on the official cards sent out by the Mayor this Christmas.

Mayor Councillor Brookfield said: "In recent years, the Mayor's Christmas card has featured either a photograph of Wolverhampton or a picture from one of the collections at Wolverhampton Art Gallery, so for a bit of a change I thought it would be nice to showcase the fantastic talents of our young people by giving them the chance to design some very special Christmas cards of their own.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what Christmas in Wolverhampton means to local children. I'm sure we'll have some fantastic designs which will brighten up the mantelpieces of the recipients of these cards."

The designs can be either A4 or A5 size but must be the entrant's own original work. Pictures can be portrait or landscape, and please use felt tip pens or paint, as crayon, chalk, pastels, glitter and embellishments cannot be reproduced as cards.

There will be prizes for the 3 category winners, and the 3 runners-up. Entries should be sent to: The Mayor's Office, Civic Centre, St Peter's Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RL. The closing date is Friday 30 October, 2015 and entrants should put their name, age, address, contact number and name of their school on the back of the entry.

  • released: Thursday 24 September, 2015