Kids Competition Ireland January 2021

Last Updated on January 15, 2021

Calling All Young Artists

Ireland’s Greatest Children’s Art Competition

Enter RTE’s fun art competition open to all children up to 18 years old. RTE is doing their very best to provide entertainment and projects to children in these challenging homeschooling times. Not only is the Home School Hub back but also they have extended their deadline for the This is Art! competition until the end of January. In cooperation with the Creative Ireland Programme and some phenomenal judges, children all over Ireland are invited to submit their creations under the theme ‘This is Now’.

Children can submit artwork from any art discipline until the 31st of January 2021. All submissions will be displayed in a digital gallery. The judges on this years’ This is Art! 2021 Grand Prix Award are Joe Caslin, Sarah McAuliffe, Leanne McDonagh, Tadgh Crowley and one of our favourite book illustrators, Fatti Burke. Fatti Burke has created some of the most iconic Irish children’s books such as Irelandopedia and children’s books on historic characters in Irish history. There have been lots of great submissions already from young talented artists but if your child has not participated yet, now is your chance.

Who can enter?

Children of all abilities are invited to enter their artwork.
The categories are:
– Age 7 & Under
– Age 8 – 11
– Age 12 – 15
– Age 16 – 18
– Group

What is the theme of this years’ art competition?

Children are invited to create any type of art on the topic ‘This is Now’ it can be related to their daily life, something that they are enjoying at the moment or what is going on in the world at this time. 

What types of art can be submitted?

– Drawing
– Digital Art
– Mixed Media
– Painting
– Photography
– Printmaking
– Sculpture
– Street Art

How can my child enter the competition?

Take one photo of the artwork and for verification purposes, take one photo of your child with their artwork. Upload both photos to the submission form. Give the artwork a title and explain in the artists’ statement what was your child’s idea, what the artwork shows, how it was made, what this work means to your young artist and anything else your child would like to share with the judges. Parents have to fill in a small section of the application form with their email and postal address. 
Make sure you submit the creation on time. Applications close on January 31st at 8 pm. 

What are the prizes?

– First Price: The Grand Prix Award. One artist of each age category will receive a special prize sculpture by Vera Klute.
– 30 artists/artists groups will receive a certificate, a voucher for art materials and a review by a professional artist of their work. 
– Three Groups have the chance to win an art experience valued at €2.000 with a professional artist.
– Other prizes include short courses in NCAD and Crawford College of Art & Design, vouchers for art materials and digital equipment.

Winners will be announced mid-February.

Good luck to all participants. 

If you are looking for more creative ways to have fun with your children, take a look at our ideas on things to do at home.