John Byrne Award Entry: painting

  • Myria Christophini Njenga

Press/Media: Public Engagement Activities


This painting is part of a series I created during the COVID-19 lockdown. It is made with pencil, gouache, watercolour and markers on paper. I started these after a long fascination with the art of map-making and found inspiration in the work of artists such as Oliver Reed, Jade Fadojutim and Carol Rhodes. As an immigrant from Cyprus that does identify as Scottish, yet has family abroad, these paintings form an effort to escape the reality of the pandemic and the geographic and psychological restrictions of lockdown. They are my effort to deal with the fact that I am alone here in this country that I am trying to claim as my own, when my family is far away, in a place I can not visit to support them. My maps are an effort to bend time and space and bring my adopted home closer to the place I grew up. They are expressing a feeling that many can relate to at this period in time. This story is told from the perspective of a narrator that is not dwelling in nostalgia and sadness, but one who is actively reinterpreting the current conditions and makes them more bearable to her.

Period30 Jul 2020

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleHow do I reach you from afar?
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletJohn Byrne Award
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    Descriptioncontribution of painting
    Producer/AuthorMyria Christophini Njenga
    PersonsMyria Christophini Njenga