Press Release

Assembly Calls on All Budding Young Artists

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Reference: SO 13/11/12

The Northern Ireland Assembly today launched a new and exciting Art Competition aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils (7 – 11 year olds).

Children enrolled in primary schools across Northern Ireland are being asked to submit an original drawing or painting. The winners will have their art work displayed in Parliament Buildings and will also be given the opportunity to work alongside a top Northern Ireland Artist to create a piece of artwork which will be given pride of place in the Assembly’s Great Hall.

Launching the competition the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA said: “In recent months, the Great Hall in Parliament Buildings has become recognised as a public art space, showcasing some magnificent pieces of artwork to politicians and guests alike.

“For children in particular art encourages a better understanding of the world they live in and allows them to explore and imagine new ideas. I am pleased that the Assembly is able to launch this initiative to complement our other popular programmes designed to reach out to young people and look forward to seeing the evidence of the creativity and talent I know our young people have to offer. ”

Young people can choose between two themes ‘My World’ or ‘Remembering the Titanic’.

This year’s competition closes on Friday 9 March 2012 and more information on how to enter can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Education Service website at http://education.niassembly.gov.uk/

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The Assembly today (Wed 11/01/12) launched an exciting new art competition aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools across Northern Ireland. Helping the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay MLA, launch the competition is Jenni Murray from Currie Primary School in Belfast.

Helping the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay MLA, launch the competition is Jenni Murray from Currie Primary School in Belfast.

The Assembly today (Wed 11/01/12) launched an exciting new art competition aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools across Northern Ireland. Pictured with the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay MLA, are Jenni Murray and Carter Spence from Currie Primary School in Belfast.

Pictured with the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, William Hay MLA, are Jenni Murray and Carter Spence from Currie Primary School in Belfast.

The Assembly today (Wed 11/01/12) launched an exciting new art competition aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools across Northern Ireland. Talking art tactics are Jenni Murray and Carter Spence from Currie Primary School in Belfast who helped launch the competition.

Talking art tactics are Jenni Murray and Carter Spence from Currie Primary School in Belfast who helped launch the competition.

The Assembly today (Wed 11/01/12) launched an exciting new art competition aimed at Key Stage 2 pupils in primary schools across Northern Ireland. Pictured at the event launch are pupils from Currie Primary School, Belfast.

Pictured at the event launch are pupils from Currie Primary School, Belfast.

Notes to Editors:
  • The competition is open to all Key Stage 2 Primary School pupils in Northern Ireland. Submissions are limited to one piece per pupil and submissions must be made by schools rather than individuals. 
  • Further information on rules and eligibility can be found on the Northern Ireland Assembly Education Website http://education.niassembly.gov.uk/

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