Young imaginations bring magical trees to life to mark Queen’s Jubilee at exhibition

Updated: 9 June 2022

New exhibition shows off the imagination of young artists who created their own ‘magical trees’ to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

New exhibition shows off the imagination of young artists who created their own ‘magical trees’ to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Artwork created by children and young people across Three Rivers is on show at a special exhibition marking the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

The artwork has been created on the theme of magical trees and is on show at the Artistsmeet gallery in Rickmansworth throughout June. The project was inspired by more than 700 trees which are being planted across the district as part of an initiative created to mark the jubilee.

Participants were asked: “If you could grow and nourish the tree of your dreams, what would it look like and what powers would it have? How would it help people and the environment they live in?”

More than 40 artworks from children and young people aged between two-years-old to 17 are included in the exhibition organised by Three Rivers District Council. Artworks were made at home, in school and in nurseries and from a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, collage, digital art and poetry.

Descriptions accompany all of the magical trees artworks, so visitors can get a real sense of the idea and thought behind them. Keen artist and participant Freya Grusin, aged nine, is the lucky recipient of a family gift ticket to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. This was donated by exhibition partner Warner Bros. Studios Leavesden.

Freya’s artwork read “You tell the owl what sort of idea you'd like, the owl chooses a leaf for you and then the idea transports into your mind and turns into an imagination.”

Cllr Chris Lloyd, the council’s Lead Member for Leisure, said: “What a wonderful array of work these young artists have produced. They have all individually interpreted the brief and brought their own flare, personality and creativity to each piece. The exhibition is a delightful tribute to both young imaginations and the thousands of trees which are being planted to mark the Queen’s historic Platinum Jubilee.”

The Queen's Green Canopy will see new trees planted, as well as ancient woodlands and forests protected, across the UK. During the project trees will be planted by Three Rivers District Council in a variety of locations.

The exhibition runs at  Artistsmeet in Watersmeet, Rickmansworth , until 30 June.

Gallery opening times:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Friday: 10am –2pm

Saturday-Sunday: open during events only