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Submissions were closed on the 30th of September 2021. Thank you to everyone who submitted!



Year of The Roses

Our Roses and What They Mean to Us

This wellbeing creative showcase project is a celebration of perhaps our most stoic flower, the rose. Held during such difficult global times, it aims to encourage artistic and emotional expression – to celebrate nature and our place within it.

Music by Jeanie Barton,

Year of The Roses

An international initiative promoted by Art Culture Tourism UK and OKAY! Italy schools magazine

Rose Blossom


Free to enter and ​open to anyone, all around the world.  All ages, individuals, groups (including family & school groups) and associations.

This project is dedicated to roses in all their aspects, shapes and colours. You can send images of roses and gardens as photographs, drawings, paintings, crafts, mosaics, whichever art form you like.

They can be documented in different situations e.g. gardens, interiors, furnishings, decorations, setups for events, celebrations etc.

The best images and stories will be selected for a major online exhibition and video film late Autumn with the film being presented at a fantastic outdoor event in Beeston, Nottingham in January, in the land of Robin Hood.


Last day for entries was 30 September, 2021.

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Press updates - media coverage & blogs

Official Press release:
Our Roses and what they mean to us, international initiative

​Year of The Roses on Notts TV:

Roberto Alborghetti's blog about St George's day during the Year of the Roses:

Marysia Zipser's blog about Royal Roses for St George's day:

Italy’s 1st primary school entry!

Wonderful blog from Culture Syndicates about Harry Wheatcroft

Roses from a balcony in Milan!

Roberto Alborghetti's blog about great engagement of Charities & Partners in Year of the Roses project  

From April onwards beautiful entries have been received from Italy, Australia, USA, Turkey, UK...  Shared & re-shared on our social media networks.  

Wonderful collective entry from Bergamo school teacher, Italy!

Official sponsor announced for  OKAY! Italy - Flover garden centres - with their St Valentine's rose, symbol of eternal love - a beautiful rose indeed! 
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Roberto Alborghetti's special page about the Year of The Roses in Italian
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For schools and museums - Downloadable resource 

Download this PDF for all relevant material for schools, and museums for roses creative workshops. Can be used as a poster or flyer


The rose is a sign of hope for the future. Because after the thorns, we need the roses.

"But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose" - ​Anne Brontë (from The Narrow Way)

Partners & Charities

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