Uxbridge College students got a special VIP invitation to No 10 as a “Thank You” for helping to create the official Downing Street Christmas card, with Tejinder Virdee’s artwork appearing on the reverse of the card.
The young designers made the trip on December 1st after Boris Johnson, in his capacity as local MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, commissioned them to create a festive panel for the reverse side of the card.
This year’s official card features Boris and Carrie Johnson’s pet dog Dilyn on the front and student Tejinder Virdee’s hand drawn, painted and acrylic of the No 10 door on the back. Tejinder’s design was chosen from fifteen designs that were submitted by students aged 16-20 years on Level 1 Art, Design and Media and Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design.
The students watched the lights switched on around the famous 20ft tree outside the No 10 door each Christmas, then had their photo taken with Boris Johnson inside, along with college staff.
Boris Johnson said: It was a real pleasure to welcome the students from Uxbridge College to Downing Street and have the opportunity to thank them in person for taking part in the design for the Downing Street Christmas card. All of the shortlisted entries were absolutely brilliant and I want to say thank you to everyone for taking part, and to Tejinder for his winning design showcasing the iconic No 10 door.
David Storer, Section Manager Art, Design & Media said: This was a fantastic opportunity for our Art & Design students and a real privilege to be part of the Prime Minister’s year in this way – this has certainly been an unforgettable opportunity. We are very proud of our students – they tackled this challenge head on with enthusiasm and individual creativity, producing wonderful and exciting interpretations of the traditional card. It was a unique inspiration to be meeting a brief for such a high-profile project which will reach so many people.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, CEO & Group Principal of HCUC, said: As our constituency MP, it is really nice that Boris Johnson has kept his local Uxbridge College students in mind for this project, particularly considering how busy he is as Prime Minister. It is extremely pleasing to be involved in such a lovely project and the students and staff would like to say a big “Thank You” to him for involving us in this.
The students used a wide variety of traditional and digital techniques to produce the work as part of Uxbridge College’s work experience programme. The designs were aimed at reflecting the college’s diversity and commitment to British values.