Young artists brighten up Parliament Buildings

Community Arts Partnership artists, Sally Young and Clare McComish took part in the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Art Competition Awards event today with pupils from primary schools across Northern Ireland.

The theme of the competition was based on one of two themes: ‘Remembering the Titanic’ or ‘My World’ . Over 2,500 entries were received with the winners chosen from across all five Education and Library Boards.

Conor Shields, Programme Director at the Community Arts Partnership said:

We were delighted to work with the Northern Ireland Assembly on developing and supporting this very worthwhile project and assisting our young artists of the future. Our work takes us to schools and communities right across Northern Ireland and we have the pleasure of seeing how art can work to transform lives.

Having art on display in Parliament Buildings, symbolises the resonance it has for all of us and how creativity should be at the heart of everything we do.    


Speaking after the Awards ceremony the Principal Deputy Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr Francie Molloy MLA said:

It has been a tremendous honour to be here today and to have had the opportunity to meet so many vibrant and creative young people. We were absolutely astounded to receive over 2,000 entries to the competition, the first of its kind organised by the Assembly. The standard and the level of skill and creativity produced by our local pupils has been beyond compare and certainly made the job of the judging panel very difficult indeed.

“In recent months, we have used the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings to showcase a number of works of art to visitors, guests and politicians alike. We are delighted to be able to add to this by exhibiting the winning art from this competition which will remain on display until Friday 27 April 2012. Parliament Buildings belongs to everyone and what better way to get this message across than to display the art created by our local children.”

The winning pupils worked collaboratively with Sally and Clare to create a unique willow sculpture, which will also go on display in the Great Hall at Parliament Buildings.


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