Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Launch of the All Ireland Art Competition

There has been a noticeable darkening of the evenings and a slight nip in the air that that can only mean one thing, the beginning of Autumn. For us in the credit union movement this time of year brings around two of our most popular initiatives - the All Ireland Schools Quiz and the All Ireland Art Competition.
This week was saw the nationwide launch of the Art Competition where we were joined by Olympic Boxing Bronze medallist Paddy Barnes, who himself loves to paint in his spare time.
The art competition which is one of the biggest initiatives for children and adults alike on the island of Ireland is now open for entries from budding artists around the country.
This year’s theme ‘Celebrate Community Colour’ is open to interpretation by each entrant but aims to celebrate the vibrancy and strength of Irish communities as we battle through tough economic times.
The competition, which attracts over 30,000 entries each year, will be run through a network of over 490 credit unions located throughout the island of Ireland and will culminate in the national final which will be held in February 2013.
 Supporting and nurturing the artistic talents of Irish people across the country is the main aim of this competition and celebrating our communities has never been more important. This competition is one of the credit unions most popular events and the huge volume of entries year on year shows us that despite the digitalisation of hobbies and pastimes, art remains a passion for many.“
How the Credit Union Art Competition Works
There are two categories in the 2012 national Art Competition – General and Special. Each category will have the following age groups:
  • 7 years and under
  • 8-10 years
  • 11-13 years
  • 14-17 years
  • 18 years and over
The Special Category encourages participants with a physical or intellectual disability to submit entries in free expression without the restriction of the competition’s official theme (should they so wish).
Local winners at credit union level in each category go forward to Regional Finals. Winning entries from regional level go through to the National Final. Prizes will be awarded at each stage and a National Awards Ceremony will be held in February 2013 will be hosted by TV personality Marty Whelan.
I hope you thoroughly enjoy creating your entries over the coming months and I personally wish each one of you the very best of luck in the competition. Remember that what you create is special and competing at such a high level is commendable, regardless of whether you win a medal – I’m sure Paddy Barnes would agree!