That time of the year has come around once again where we launch the much anticipated All Ireland Credit Union Art Competition. The hugely popular competition aims to encourage artist expression and creativity is one of the biggest art competitions for children and adults alike is now for open for entries from budding artists of any age across the island of Ireland. It is so important to nurture our budding artists and celebrate our communities.
This year’s theme ‘Happiness is….’ is open to interpretation by each entrant but aims to celebrate imagination, vibrancy, creativity and explores what happiness means to people across Ireland and their communities. People can find happiness from a huge variety of sources, so it will be very interesting to see how each entrant portrays the theme.
This competition is one of our flagship events and we always look forward to seeing the flair and creativity of the young people of Ireland who enter the competition on an annual basis. The volume and indeed the standard of entries has been incredible over the last 32 years and we are expecting nothing less this time around. It is one of the many initiatives run by the ILCU to highlight that community spirit remains alive and well in parishes, villages and towns around the country. Credit unions have a history of serving communities all over Ireland and this competition is very important to us. It is all about encouraging and rewarding creativity and originality.
For anyone interested in participating in this year’s competition, there are two categories – a General Category and also a Special Category for entrants with a physical or intellectual disability. There are five age categories, ranging from 7 and under to 18 and over. Entries must be submitted via your local credit union.
As ever, 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 2015 in Croke Park and will be hosted by TV personality Marty Whelan. I would like to wish all entrants the very best of luck and I hope to see you at the National awards ceremony in Croke Park in February.
For more information on the Credit Union Art Competition visit the site here