THE Santam’s Child Art project awarded 13 winners across the country for their originality and interpretation of the theme, ‘When I’m Big’. With more than 3 772 entries nationwide, two of the winning entries came from Port Elizabeth learners whose artwork will feature on Santam’s 2019 calendar. A further 312 artworks have been selected to be featured in an online exhibition, which will go live in the first quarter of 2019. Kwezi Mani, a Grade 4 aspiring soccer star from Victoria Park Grey School, did his family, school and community very proud after his artwork was selected as one of the 13 winners in Santam’s 2018 Child Art competition. His artwork will feature in Santam’s 2019 calendar.The title of Kwezi’s picture, ‘I’m going to be a soccer star’, portrays the big dreams of being a professional soccer player one day. His art teacher, Cecilia Ferreira, said he poses great potential and the inspiration for his entry was drawn from his favourite soccer player, Kylian Mbappé. “Kwezi is a very quiet and tiny boy in stature, but his artwork and creativity is expressed with huge confidence. I think Kwezi really felt this picture. “He finished way ahead of the rest of the class and he followed the instructions so well when I said, ‘draw big’. He has the ability to easily master really big art work,” said Ferreira.The creative and talented Licebo Dubase from Erica Girls’ Primary school was ecstatic after the artwork she entered was selected to feature in the 2019 Santam calendar.Licebo’s picture, ‘When I’m big I will be an architect’, tells the story of her passion for drawing.“Since I was very young, I have loved drawing. So, when I grow up, I figured I would do something that requires art, like an architect. I would like to share with everyone reading this article, creativity takes courage,” she said. Licebo explained that the reason she does art is that she is creative and that she receives a lot of support from her art teacher. Her art teacher, Lindsay Potgieter, is very proud of her achievement and would like to thank Santam for this wonderful competition and their role in encouraging child art.The Child Art project is one of South Africa’s oldest social investments projects and started in 1963 to develop the notion that art is a valuable aspect of human development. Throughout the years, the Santam project has developed into a nationally recognised initiative that now incorporates a national art competition, an online exhibition and an art calendar, as well as informal art centres at schools around the country.