Celebratory postcards

Since 2021, the thousands of young people who take part in Child of the New Century, like you, have been turning 21. The youngest of our study members celebrated this special birthday in January this year.

To mark this major milestone, and to say an enormous thank you for everything you’ve contributed to the study so far, we sent each of you a set of three postcards in the post. We commissioned three different artists for these and asked them to create an illustration that represents Child of the New Century in some way. We hope you like them.

If you haven’t received your set of postcards yet, please get in touch so we can check we have your current address.

Big print giveaway!

We are also giving away 21 larger prints (A4 size) of each of the three postcard designs. We included details of how to enter the giveaway along with your set of the postcards. The deadline to enter has now passed (16 April).  Thank you to everyone who entered. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified soon.

The postcard illustrations

The postcard illustrations were created by Cat Sims, James Hutch and Pevê Azevedo. You can see their work below.

Cat Sims’ illustration

From the artist: “To mark the first 21 years of Child of the New Century, I’ve depicted 21 (imagined)young people to represent the thousands of participants involved in this important study. My illustration celebrates all those individuals, from all walks of life, whose lives the study follows.”


James Hutch’s illustration

From the artist: “Each person, through their continued engagement in the study, helps shed light on social issues, which are represented by geometric optical illusions in my piece. This torch light symbolises knowledge which affects positive change not only for this generation but also for the wider population.” 

James Hutch’s postcard design is an extract of a bigger piece of artwork which can be viewed here.


Pevê Azevedo’s illustration

From the artist: “When I started thinking about how to illustrate a study which follows the same people throughout their lives, I wondered how I could bring together past memories with moments that haven’t even happened yet. I imagined a photo album where you can record your whole life through remarkable and meaningful events.”