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TOP TRUMP –WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

We launched the Top Trump competition at the end of June calling for artist’s creative responses to President Trump’s visit to the UK on Friday 13th July.

Iraqi American artist Hiba Jameel beat over 100 international entries to win.

Hiba’s powerful painting ‘I really don’t care, do you?’ will now be donated to the Newseum news museum in Washington DC. 

On hearing of her success Hiba said;  “While I am thrilled my painting got selected I cannot be fully happy during these sad times we are living in. This painting is not for me, it is for the people and all the children who suffered childhood trauma due to the unrest of the political climate.”

Our jury of satirists, political activists, comedians and artists was; Rachel Parris from BBC “Mash Report, Helen Pankhurst (Granddaughter of suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst), political cartoonist Martin Rowson, Director of the Women of the World Festival Jude Kelly, UK artists The Singh Twins & photographic artist Tom Hunter.

Explaining their reaction to Hiba’s work the Singh Twins said; “For us, Hiba’s response was  topical and thought provoking – capturing not only the hard faced, uncaring attitude that many have come to dislike about Trump but also questioning (it seemed to us, in a possible interpretation of the artwork’s title) whether we as onlookers care enough to challenge his style of administration.”

And photographic artist Tom Hunter said; “Hiba’s beautifully painted depiction of a child’s birthday party unmasks the brutal reality of Trump’s family separation policy in all its horrific reality.”

Despite the competition closing at 4pm on Friday 13th July digital entries continue to arrive showing the strength of feelings stimulated by Donald Trump amongst the artistic community.

Entries included sculpture and poetry – and the works that came second and third in our jury’s estimation reflect the diversity of submissions. They were; Caitlin Jackson’s graphic art ‘Trump Goes To London’ and Nick Pyne’s sculpture ‘Idiot Wind’.

Below are just some of the artworks submitted into the Top-Trump competition.