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Young Artists Shine at Assembly Awards Event

Back in January the Assembly called on local primary school pupils to get out their paints and brushes, show off their artistic talents and submit a piece of original art work for a new and exciting competition led by the Education Service. Young people were given the choice between two themes - ‘Remembering the Titanic’ and ‘My World’ - the response was overwhelming.

2,500 pupils from primary schools across Northern Ireland, from Omagh to Ballymena and from Maguiresbridge to Ballytober sent in their mini masterpieces, all hopeful that their art would be chosen to go on display in the Great Hall in Parliament Buildings.

On Friday 30 March – the Great Hall was awash with colour and laughter as the winners arrived to celebrate their success.

Principal Deputy Speaker of the Assembly Francie Molloy MLA, was on hand to present the awards to 22 pupils whose work was selected from the thousands of entries. He admitted that it was a very difficult task for the judging panel as the standard was incredibly high and it was clear to all that artistic talent is not lacking in our local schools.

Winners were awarded with art kits to help them create yet more masterpieces and parents and children were also given a special behind the scenes tour of Parliament Buildings.

Local artists, Clare McComish and Sally Young from the Community Arts Partnership worked with winners on the day to create a unique piece of willow sculpture which has also been given pride of place in the Great Hall. The young people also got a little extra help when Danny Kinahan MLA (winner of the recent MAC MLA Art competition) arrived and couldn’t resist lending a hand.

The winning art work will be on display in Parliament Buildings until 27 April – so why not take the opportunity to come see some truly inspiring pieces of art and find out what else the Assembly has to offer.