April 18, 2021

Imagine Festival flies a kite for young Waterford artists

The Imagine Arts Festival is urging talented young Waterford artists to come forward as it pushes ahead with the launch of the 2020 event. Organisers say a mix of online and live events will be announced shortly for venues across Waterford city from October 16 to 25.

Several exhibitions are planned, including a ‘Creating Together – Apart’ exhibition and an open call for works created during this time are in place until the end of September 2020.

Festival Manager Nora Boland said: “We would love to hear from school students, artists, people who may never have created art before – basically everyone who used time during lockdown to ‘create’.

“We know that so far during 2020 we have lost a lot of colour from our lives and our goal with this exhibition is to showcase the creativity and resilience of people during difficult times and to share the joy that art can bring.

“We also have prizes for the best pieces submitted to this exhibition and we are very thankful to Waterford based K Sports who have come on board to kindly sponsor the prizes.”

The call for submissions to the exhibition aims to gather together snapshots of life during the pandemic in the form of visual art.

The festival team says it wants to promote the artistic creations of young people from the ages of 7 to 17 .

The submissions for the exhibition will also be judged with a prize on offer for first, second and third place under two age categories, age 7 to 12 years and age 13 to 17 years. A cash prize of €100 – 1st place, €50 – 2nd place and € 25 – 3rd place is on offer respectively in each category.

Participants are asked to create one 2D art piece based on their own experience during the pandemic. This can take the form of one drawing or painting or collage or a mixed media piece. The artists can even combine some spoken word into their piece.

A title for the work must also be provided and the artwork must be submitted with the artist’s name, age, contact number and the title of your piece to Imagine Arts Festival Young Artists Competition, c/o Theatre Royal, The Mall, Waterford, X91 PK15. Submissions to be received no later than 5 pm on September 30th 2020.

Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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