Tuesday, 14 February 2012

28th All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition

Creativity alive and well, huge entry points to wealth of artistic talent in local Irish communities

On Sunday 12th February, the winners of the 2011 Credit Union All Ireland Art Competition descended on Dublin’s Gresham Hotel to collect their category prizes. Each entrant was awarded their certificate and cash prize by TV personality Marty Whelan and each artistic creation was put on display for the day at the Hotel.

The credit union art competition was one of the most successful annual promotions undertaken by the credit union movement and the 2011 competition proved the most popular yet, attracting a record 32,000 (plus) entries. The competition was run through a network of over 494 credit unions located throughout the island of Ireland and has been running throughout the winter months in communities across the country for 28 years now.

The former poster competition this year changed to an ‘art’ competition to encourage wider participation across the 32 counties but also to allow for greater artistic freedom and expression. The theme of the 2011 revamped competition was ‘Ireland through my Eyes’ which is open to interpretation by each entrant.

There were two categories in the competition – general and special, with five age groups in each. 7 years and under; 8-10 years; 11-13 years; 14-17 years; 18 years and over (and a further Group section in the SPECIAL category).

The special category allows participants with a physical or intellectual disability to be actively encouraged by their teachers to submit entries in free expression without the restrictions of the competition theme.

The main aim of this competition is to encourage interest in creativity and art. The huge volume of entries we receive year on year is the reason why we continue to run our annual, All-Ireland competition. It is one of our flagship events and we are delighted to see the variety, flair and creativity of the young people of Ireland who enter the competition on an annual basis. The competition has been going from strength to strength and we are determined to continue supporting budding artists into the future.

I want to take this opportunity to thank the hundreds of credit union volunteers and staff who worked so hard to make the competition another successful step in the ongoing development of this unique community-focused project. A great day out was had by all the budding artists, their families and supporters and we look forward to next year’s event which we hope will be just as successful.