Celebratory postcards

To mark your 21st birthday, we commissioned some unique artworks.

Since 2021, the thousands of young people who take part in Child of the New Century, like you, began to turn 21. The youngest of our study members celebrated this special birthday in January 2023.

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 to create an illustration that represents Child of the New Century in some way. We hope you liked them.

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

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

Cat said: “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

James said: “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

Pevê said: “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.”