Blackrock Credit Union is urging its local community to take the ‘walk of life’ for its annual art competition. The ‘Walk of Life’ theme builds on last year’s theme of ‘The Force of Nature.’ This encouraged participants to draw inspiration from the challenges facing the environment and our planet. Entrants this year are being invited to think about how society and communities change, grow and develop for the better.
Irish communities have made many positive changes in recent years to ensure the country is a more inclusive, diverse and liberal place to live in. Participants are encouraged to draw inspiration from the positive changes they might have witnessed in their own local communities, or in wider society. Alternatively, they may want to depict the positive changes they have gone through themselves as individuals. Entrants will have free reign to express their thoughts, opinions, visions and hopes on this theme.
The hugely popular, national art competition is now in its 36th year. Each year almost 30,000 people enter the competition through more than 200 participating credit unions. The competition has no age limits and is open to children aged seven years and under right through to 18 years and over. There is also a category for those with physical or intellectual difficulties.
Encouraging everyone from the Blackrock area to enter the competition, Conn Collins. Manager, Blackrock Credit Union, said “Each year we are inundated with fantastic works of art from young and old and we are expecting no different this year. Our art competition is an important outlet for creative expression and development here in Blackrock, and events such as this contribute to a vibrant community. As always, there will be some great prizes up for grabs. So, I would encourage everyone to spend a little time thinking about what the ‘walk of life’ theme means to them, and how they might like to depict it through art. Of course, our budding artists can also think on a more global level if they want – really the only rules in the competition are set by the artists’ own imagination!”
The annual competition is part of the Irish League of Credit Unions’ (ILCU) commitment to supporting the artistic development of both young and old in communities throughout Ireland. Producing and creating art can have many benefits for adults, such as reducing stress and aiding the development of creative problem-solving skills. For children, painting and creating art can nurture fine-motor skills and neural development, while allowing them to express their emotions.
Winners, runners-up and merit award-winners at local level will go on to represent the credit union at regional level and from there, winning artworks will go forward to national level. National winners will receive cash-prizes at an award ceremony to be held in February 2020.
Entry forms are available from Blackrock Credit Union 1 Carysfort Avenue or can be downloaded here Credit Union Art Competition 2019 Entry Form . The closing date to submit finished entries is Friday 25th October 2019.