Art Competition 2021

Art Competition 2021

Art Competition 2021

The Credit Union Art Competition continues to be one of the most successful annual promotions undertaken by the credit union movement.

The Credit Union Art Competition strives to encourage artists throughout Ireland through self-expression, creativity and imagination whilst also raising awareness of credit unions at local, regional and national level.

How the Competition Works

The competition seeks to encourage young artists to draw or paint on this year’s theme, using pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage.
Entrants may only submit one entry and it must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form and returned by the notified closing date.



There are two categories – General Category & Additional Needs Category – with the following age groups in each category:
Age limit applying as at December 31st 2021
7 years and under
8 – 10 years inclusive
11 – 13 years inclusive
14 – 17 years inclusive
18 years and over (Adult)

Proof of date of birth may be requested by the credit union.

The Additional Needs Category allows participants with a physical or intellectual disability to be actively encouraged by their teachers to submit entries in free expression painting or drawing, without the restrictions of the competition’s official theme (should they so wish).
There is a separate section for group entries in the Additional Needs Category only, where they will need to tick the box if submitting a group entry.
Entries for the Additional Needs Category and those under 18 years will require the signature of a teacher or facilitator or guardian to declare the work is the unaided effort of the entrants. Entrants will need to tick a box to declare the work is their unaided effort or the unaided effort of the entrants.

If less than five entries are received in any one category, credit unions have the option not to judge that category.

  1. As this is an Art Competition, and there is no need for the artist to illustrate the text of
    the theme on the art piece. What we are looking for is how they interpret the theme
    through their art.
  2. All entries must be submitted in either A3 (420 x 297mm) or A2 (594 x 420mm) and
    landscape orientation. Other sizes and Portrait oriented entries will be disqualified from
  3. Winners of each category (at the national level) will be used in the annual credit
    union calendar with all national prize recipients listed on the inside of the cover of the

Entry forms can be downloaded here

Good luck to all participants.