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The Credit Union Art Competition has been a feature of life for young and old throughout Ireland for decades. This competition now in its 37th year, plays an important role in promoting the culture of art, a vital cog in our local and national identity. Every year Roscommon Credit Union receives over 800 entries across all age categories, making it a major highlight in our calendar!

Arts, in particular, bring life to the imagination, allowing thoughts to become reality, no matter who you are or where you come from. In line with the culture and ethos of the credit union, everyone is welcome. The Credit Union Art Competition caters for all ages ranging from 7 years & under to 18 years & over, across all corners of the island of Ireland. This competition requires entrants to draw or paint posters using pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt tip marker, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Posters are required to be either A3 (420 x 297 mm) or A2 (594 x 420mm) and landscape orientation. Portrait orientation entries will be disqualified from adjudication.

Categories:

There are two categories represented in the Credit Union Art Competition, General Category and Category for People with Disabilities. The Category for people with disabilities encourages participants with physical or intellectual disabilities to submit entries in free expression without the restriction of the competition’s official theme if they wish. This category also allows for group entries. All group entries will be judged together – while no age categories apply. 
 

Judging process

The Credit Union Art Competition consists of three stages. Stage 1 is run solely by your local credit union, in this case Roscommon Credit Union Limited. Closing date for entries is Friday, October 9th, 2020.

Stage 2 moves on to Chapter (Regional) level, which consists of 24 different regional finals around the country. Stage 3 of the Competition is the National Final, which is judged by independent artists on behalf of the Irish League of Credit Unions.

To be considered for judging at any level, entries must follow the below briefs:

  • All entries must be submitted in either A3 (420 x 297mm) or A2 (594 x 420mm) and landscape orientation. Portrait oriented entries will be disqualified from adjudication.

  • Name, address, age, date of birth and other details (where applicable) must be clearly printed on the entry form and then attached to the back of the entry. Any entries bearing incomplete entry forms may not be considered.

  • The entry can be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Prints done from a lino block, wood block or any other method may also be submitted. No computer aided design (CAD) may be entered. No pieces of art under glass, as we cannot be responsible for same.

Stage 1 and Stage 2 will be judged by local credit unions, who may enlist the help of local artists. Stage 3 – National Final, will be judged by three high profile artists who look for originality, creativity and inspiration throughout the pieces.

Our Category for People with Disabilities will be judged by an artist who specialises in teaching art for people with disabilities. Entries to the Category for People with Disabilities are invited from children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Entrants must clearly tick on the entry form if they wish to be considered for this category. Entrants in this category are not required to use the theme.

 

How to Enter?

Entries for the Credit Union Art Competition are through your local credit union.

To enter, you will need to complete an entry form, which you can download here 107234-Art-Competition-2020-Entry-Form-(1)

Entry forms with competition details has been sent to all national and second-level schools, operating within our common bond area. 

Please note, it is important to mark your date of birth clearly. Marking your date of birth and ticking your age category will result in your piece of art being judged in the corect category. If found to be in the wrong category, your entry may be disqualified from the competition.

When thinking about your entry, it’s important to consider the following points:

  • All entries must be submitted in either A3 (420 x 297mm) or A2 (594 x 420mm) and landscape orientation. Portrait oriented entries will be disqualified from adjudication.

  • Name, address, age, date of birth and other details (where applicable) must be clearly printed on the entry form and then attached to the back of the entry. Any entries bearing incomplete entry forms may not be considered.

  • The entry can be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Prints done from a lino block, wood block or any other method may also be submitted. No computer aided design (CAD) may be entered. No pieces of art under glass, as we cannot be responsible for same.

 

FAQ’s

When is the closing date?

For stage 1, is Friday, October 9th, 2020. All entries are to be returned to our Roscommon branch office on or before this date, entries received after this date, will not be included in the competition process. 
 

Who can enter the credit union art competition?

Anyone can enter the Credit Union Art Competition! All ages and all abilities are welcome to submit an entry to the competition. The Credit Union Art Competition consists of two categories. The General Category and the Category for People with Disabilities. Entries to the Category for People with Disabilities are invited from children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Entrants must clearly tick on the entry form if they wish to be considered for this category. Entrants in this category are can enter the competition free of the theme if they wish.

 
What art materials can be use?

Entries to the Credit Union Art Competition can be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Prints done from a lino block, wood block or any other method may also be submitted. No computer aided design (CAD) may be entered. No pieces of art under glass, as we cannot be responsible for its safe return.

Can I enter more than once?

 Entrants to the Credit Union Art Competition may only enter the competition once in any given year.

 
When will winners be notified?

 Stage 1 winners will be notified by early November, winners will then progress onto the second stage of the competition, Chapter (Regional) finals. 

What is a group entry? 

A group entry to the Credit Union Art Competition is an entry to the Category for People with Disabilities. Group entries can comprise of a mix of age groups and can enter free from the theme if they so wish.
 

Can I enter through my school/Independent of my school?

Entries to the Credit Union Art Competition can be done through your school or simply by contacting Roscommon Credit Union. 
 

How will the pieces be judged?

Judging will take place at each stage of the competition. In the early stages of the competition, the competition is judged locally via your local credit union. Credit unions may also opt to enlist the help of local artists in the judging process.
The National Final staged it judged by well-known artists who have year of experience interpreting art from all ages and abilities. They look for creativity, flair and that special something. Their eagle eyes allow them to interpret every piece of art they encounter and step inside the thought process of the artists.

Stephen Doyle, a judge of the National Final, was once an entrant of the Credit Union Art Competition. He went on to be shortlisted for the prestigious Zurich Portrait Prize in the National Gallery of Ireland. 
 
 
What is the prize/what do you get if you win? 

Throughout the three stages, successful artists will receive a prize from their respective local and regional sections. Winners of the National Final stage will receive a cash prize, which is presented at a National Ceremony in February. As well as the prizes on offer, the Credit Union Art Competition offers exposure for artists of all ages.
 

Is it a free to enter? 

The credit union art competition is a free Irish art competition open to all ages and abilities.
 

Rules

1. The competition has two categories – General Category and Category for People with Disabilities with the following age groups in each category:
􀁦 7 years and under
􀁦 8 – 10 years inclusive
􀁦 11 – 13 years inclusive
􀁦 14 – 17 years inclusive
􀁦 Adult – 18 years and over
Ages as at 31st December 2020. Proof of date of birth may be requested by the credit union. There is a separate section for group entries in the Category for People with Disabilities only.

2. Entries to the Category for People with Disabilities are invited from children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Entrants must clearly tick on the entry form if they wish to be considered for this category. Entrants in this category are not required to use the theme.

3. The text of the theme does not have to be illustrated on your artwork. We are looking for your interpretation of the theme through your art.

4. All group entries will be judged together – no age categories apply.

5. Name, address, age, date of birth and other details (where applicable) must be clearly printed on the entry form and then attached to the back of the entry. Any entries bearing incomplete entry forms may not be considered.

6. All entry forms and artworks must be certified by teacher/facilitator/parent/guardian (under 18, General Category and Category for People with Disabilities), or by the entrant (over 18) as being an unaided and original work of the entrant.

7. All entries must be submitted in either A3 (420mm wide x 297mm high) or A2 (594mm wide x 420mm high) and landscape orientation. Other sizes and portrait oriented entries will be disqualified from adjudication.

8. The entry can be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Prints done from a lino block, wood block or any other method may also be submitted. No computer aided design (CAD) may be entered. No pieces of art under glass, as we cannot be responsible for same.

9. The competition is organised into three stages with the winner in each category being forwarded to the next stage, these being:
Stage1 Credit Union Level
Stage 2 Chapter (Regional) Level
Stage 3 National Level
Entries must be submitted to your local participating credit union only– no entries will be accepted directly at regional or national level.

10. It should be noted that once artwork is received by us they become our property and may be reproduced at our discretion and may only be returned at our discretion. All entries are accepted as original works and we are not responsible for any breach of copyright. We will not accept liability for loss or damage to any work submitted.

11. Entrants may enter the competition only once in any given year.

12. We reserve the right not to award prizes in any category. The decision of the adjudicators is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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