Art Competition 2023 - My Community & Me

We are delighted to be taking part in the Credit Union Art Competition again this year.


The competition, now in its 40th year, is one of the most prominent and longest-running competitions of its type.


Over 30,000 entries on average are received each year from children and adults from across Ireland.


The competition is open to all under 18’s in our bond and 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.


This year’s theme is: My Community & Me

How the Competition Works

The theme for this year’s Credit Union Art Competition is ‘My Community & Me’.



A community is not just a group of people who live in the same area. It’s people who look out for and help each other and work together so that the needs of everyone are considered. A sustainable community doesn’t just consider the interests of those who live in the community today. They think about and care for future generations too.


And that’s just what credit unions do too. We’re based at the heart of local communities, and we put the needs of our members and the communities which we serve first.


We’d like you to consider your local community and your place within in. What makes your community different?  Is it the people within it? Is it the beauty you see every day?


All entries must be in the form of a poster in either A3 or A2 landscape.


Entrants may only submit one entry and it must be accompanied by a fully completed entry form and returned to any Life Credit Union office by 4pm on Friday 13th October.

There are two categories – General Category & Additional Needs Category within each age group. The following age groups apply in each category:



Age limit applying as at December 31st 2023



  • 7 years and under
  • 8 – 10 years inclusive
  • 11 – 13 years inclusive
  • 14 – 17 years inclusive


Proof of year 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 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.



Winners at a national level may be used in the Credit union 2024 calendar with all national prize winners listed on the inside cover.

We wish everyone the best of luck!



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