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Primary Schools Art Competition for Cultural Heritage

2018 is European Year of Cultural Heritage. Cultural heritage surrounds us in the buildings of our towns and cities; our landscapes, natural sites, and archaeological monuments. It includes literature, art, crafts, the stories we tell, food we eat, songs we sing and the films we watch.

To celebrate European Year of Cultural Heritage the Heritage Office of Westmeath County Council, in conjunction with Creative Ireland, are inviting Primary School Children across the county to design a poster on the theme of heritage. Posters might highlight some of the heritage sites within the county, or objects such as the Lough Lene Bell or the Ballinderry gaming board. Our wonderful natural heritage, famous legends and traditional skills could also be used as inspiration for the competition.

There is a fantastic range of prizes to be won and a selection of the posters entered into the competition will feature in exhibitions in the Council Buildings, Mullingar, Civic Offices Athlone Athlone and Castlepollard.

The prize for the overall winner is a day visit from the School of Irish Archaeology’s ‘Big Dig’ to their school (valued at €1,200) and a family pass to one of Westmeath’s heritage sites. A prize will be awarded to the best entry from each level (Jnr Infants to 6th class). Winners will get a chance to participate in one of two other ‘Big Dig’ events at venues in Athlone and Mullingar. ‘The Big Dig’ is a simulated archaeological excavation that gives children an opportunity to experience what it is like to be an archaeologist. Other prizes include family passes to Athlone Castle, Belvedere House and Gardens, Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park, as well as tours of the Hill of Uisneach, Fore Abbey and a Viking Boat Tour.

The family passes were kindly donated by some of the venues which celebrate our Heritage every day. These passes will offer winners the chance to visit some of the sites which are unique to Westmeath.

Closing date for entries is 19th May 2018 and all entries should be sent to the Heritage Officer.  For further details, follow us on facebook Westmeath-Heritage or twitter Wmeathheritage

Rules of entry

  1. Entries on white paper no larger than A3. Please do not be roll, fold, mount or frame posters. 
  2. Only one entry per person.
  3. Closing date 19th May 2018.
  4. Entries to be sent/delivered to ‘Schools’ Art Competition EYCH’, the Heritage Office, Westmeath County Council, Áras an Chontae, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. N91 FH4N
  5. Please include the following information on the back of your entry:
    • Full name
    • Class
    • School name and address, school email address, school telephone number and school teacher's name
    • Parent/Guardian’s phone number *optional: only to be used to communicate details of a prize and/or to notify a parent/guardian that their child’s picture will be in an exhibition (details will be deleted when prizes have been distributed).
  6. Entries cannot be returned
  7. Judges’ decision is final.
  8. Westmeath Heritage Office may use the winning entries for promotional purposes (acknowledging the artist).

Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 27/04/2018