Poppy Lea-Rowell is only 12 years old, but she’s already an expert in designing festive flags to adorn Townsville around Christmas time.
The Townsville Grammar School student is one of 20 young artists who will see their works fly proudly above the city as part of this year’s Festive Flags competition.
Poppy has selected her works for three consecutive years, making her an old hat in flag design.
The seventh grade student said it was “amazing” that his artwork was part of Townsville’s Christmas celebrations.
“I feel recognized, even though people don’t know who made the design, I still feel really special because it’s my work of art where everyone can literally see it,” Poppy said.
“Art is a form of escape, so I can just relax and enjoy what I’m doing. I do it for fun to forget about school and stress.
“We always get the family together to watch the flags. I love Christmas. This Christmas I will be spending time at home with my family and with the people I love and truly appreciate.
Mayor Jenny Hill said Christmas celebrations were about to begin across town, with festive flags installed this week.
“It was a difficult task, but we selected 20 spectacular entries for the Festive Flag Contest to adorn the city this Christmas. There was a wealth of talent in this year’s entries, so thank you to all the budding artists who entered this year’s competition, ”said Cr Hill.
“The holiday season is approaching and Council is ready to bring as much joy to the city as possible. Christmas events will be announced shortly, so keep an eye on the Council’s Christmas Together webpage to stay up to date.
For more information on Christmas in Townsville, visit Christmas together 2021.